DPP recommends charges for 3 Police Officers, civilian over ‘massive irregularities’ in drivers’ licence exam


Three months after an investigation was launched into allegations of there being “massive irregularities in the Guyana Police Force’s learner drivers’ theoretical examination,” four persons- inclusive of three Subordinate Officers and one civilian- are expected to face charges soon.

This is according to advice which was sought and received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

INews understands that a Police Sergeant, female Corporal and a male Corporal will be charged with 12, 18 and 20 counts [respectively] of having conspired with others to commit a misdemeanour, while the civilian will be charged with two counts of obtaining money under false pretence.

This online publication had reported that an investigation had been launched by the Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility, regarding the irregularities which took place on April 12, 2018 at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown.

According to police information, a report was lodged by a Senior Pastor- who is the Guyana Police Force’s Chaplain to the Commissioner of Police (ag.), David Ramnarine.

In that report, it is alleged that at the conclusion of the stated examination, the Senior official’s colleague Pastors who invigilated the examination reported the following: “One hundred and seventy four (174) persons were registered to write the examination but one hundred and six (106) persons presented themselves on the day in question. However, two hundred and seven (207) scripts were received at the conclusion of the examination and one hundred and fifty five (155) of the two hundred and seven (207) scripts were completed.”

Police say that initial inquiries revealed that a Senior Subordinate Officer who was mandated to oversee this theoretical examination in collaboration with two Pastors from the COPS and Faith Community Network partnership with the Guyana Police Force, along with three junior ranks, left the examination venue shortly after the examination commenced and did not return.

Further, it was reported that a Junior Subordinate Officer, who ought not to have been at the examination venue, presented himself, spent some time and left, subsequently.

Over a number of years, the volunteer assistance and involvement of members of the COPS and Faith Community Network countrywide has been invaluable in the several areas in which they partner with the Force.

Since the involvement of the members of the COPS Faith Community Network in the invigilation of the Learner Driver’s Theoretical and Practical examinations, there have been reports of a significant reduction in the opportunities for corruption.


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