By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Justice Cecil Kennard has revealed that he received several complainants that police officers in the Lethem/Annai area are accepting bribes so as not to prosecute cases.
Kennard made this revelation during an exclusive interview with iNews (www.inewsguyana.com), following his countrywide visit to communities to interface with residents and police officers.
He explained that during his visit to the two areas – Lethem and Annai – residents complained that police officers are taking bribes not to prosecute cases and that they do not respond to in a timely manner to reports.
According to Kennard, residents also complained that the officers are disrespectful and fail to show up to Court for several cases.
Kennard told iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) that the issue of disrespect by ranks is no secret since he has had several first-hand experience with police ranks dealing with motorists and other road users in a manner that is despicable.
According to the Chairman, if there is no urgent remedy to this situation, then the police will continue to find difficulty in getting their jobs done. He explained that when police officers are discourteous, citizens become reluctant to assist them in their investigations.
The Police Complaints Chairman will be visiting the New Amsterdam and Essequibo areas soon, where he will be meeting with residents and police alike.