[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President responsible for Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has revealed that in the 175-year history of the Guyana Police Force, some 62 police officers died while in the line of duty.
The Vice President made the revelation while speaking at a wreath laying ceremony for fallen police officers on Sunday, July 19.
“These fallen heroes and heroines would have made that ultimate sacrifice selflessly and for the purpose of making a more secure society for us who stand here. They were the fighters for good over evil. And though they may have fallen, their cause is never a lost one,” said Ramjattan.
However, given the recent spike in crime and drug trafficking, the number is expected to increase and Ramjattan made no bones about admitting this expectation.
“The proliferation of drug trafficking, illegal guns and organized crimes have all helped in this number which is 62 too many. The reality tells us, however, that that number will as a matter of course grow,” he stated.
Despite the aforementioned factors, Ramjattan made it clear that members of the Guyana Police Force are expected to carry out their functions in a manner that is consistent with international standards for policing thereby ensuring that the fundamental rights of citizens are preserved.
“The constantly changing nature of crime and the increasingly violent intent, methods and postures of perpetrators, make being a member of the Police Force an extremely dangerous profession. Therefore, due respect must be given to the many men and women who put themselves in danger in the line of duty; and, more so, to those who have paid the ultimate price for the safety and security of our citizens,” said the Vice President.