By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The police of ‘A Division’ on Wednesday (March 26) held a small farewell parade and appreciation ceremony for outgoing Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell. The event was held at the A Division Headquarters, Brickdam.
Brumell will have his official farewell parade on Friday, March 28 at Eve Leary. Yesterday at Brickdam, the farewell wishes were many and all were delivered with one key word and which is that Commissioner Brumell was a very simple, even handed, approachable and respected person.
Those qualities allowed him to move through the rank and into the highest chair of the Guyana Police Force. Commander of the Division, George Vyphius in his introduction of the Commissioner recalled that it was Brumell who handed him to his wife during his wedding years ago.
Vyphius told the senior and junior officers that Brumell, while as a senior officer of the Force, led by example. He recalled the many combat periods where Brumell was always literally in the front line.
Another officer who worked with Brumell told the gathering that he (Brumell) stood out during the crime wave in 2002 and would join his ranks whenever they were required to go into the danger zone, Buxton.
Meanwhile in his remarks, Brumell told his officers that he is proud of leaving the Guyana Police Force with a clean record and one which allows him to lift his head high and walk.
He said that he is happy and confident that he is leaving a stable police force which will be able to stand up to any situation.
According to the Top Cop, the media reports that the Force will be left with inexperience ranks when he and the A Division Commander retire are far from the truth.
Brumell said that there are many capable and ambitious young men and women in the Force who can lead it to the place it needs to be and they have been receiving training and are fully ready if called upon.
Brumell was sworn in as the 30th Police Commission in October 2013 after acting in the post for approximately two years, following the resignation of the late Henry Green. He joined the Force some 36 years.
Brumell will officially leave the Force at the end of this month and Crime Seelall Persaud is expected to take over the reins of the Police Force.