By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The constant bashing of the Guyana Police Force by the Political Opposition will not lead to the overall improvement of the Force. This is the view of Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, who told reporters that he has not seen a congratulatory message from the Opposition to the Police Force in a long time.
He then questioned whether Opposition Leader, David Granger wants to alienate himself from the Force.
“Where are we going to go with this constant bashing of the Police Force? I have said from time to time, when the Police does a good job, we should congratulate them and I haven’t seen for the longest while anything that is of a congratulatory nature from the Opposition as it relates to the Police,” the Home Affairs Minister said on Tuesday (February 11) during a press conference by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
Rohee explained that while there are deficiencies within the Police Force, it must be recognised that the Force is a massive organisation, which is bound to have deviations from the “standing orders” from time to time.
“I think we should engage in what was called constructive criticism of the Police, not to destroy them because the moment you keep bashing them every time you open your mouth, you alienate them from you and I don’t know if [David] Granger wants to alienate himself from the Police unless he has some other connection with the Police that I don’t know about. But all things equal, I don’t think the constant bashing of the Police is helpful.”
Rohee explained that there needs to be some balance to the assessment of the Force, and urged for everyone to keep pressing the Police to do a better job.