LETTER: Decision to put a hold on police officers’ promotions was justified

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Dear Editor,
All four daily newspapers, in their Wednesday, August 9, 2017 editions, carried articles on His Excellency, President David Granger’s request for the Police Service Commission to put on hold police officers’ promotions.
Let me be pellucid: I hold no brief for the President or the Government of Guyana on the issue. I have no political ambition, nor do I seek public office. However, I have an abiding interest in law enforcement, more so the Guyana Police Force. I want the Police to act professionally at all times, and to deliver the highest quality of service to the citizens of Guyana, whom they swore to serve and protect; hence my letter to the press.
Here is my take on the vexed issue in question: The conduct of many senior and junior officers of the GPF is being questioned at the Commission of Inquiry being conducted by Paul Slowe, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police. These officers have been highly recommended to the Police Service Commission for promotion. What if the PSC goes ahead now and promote them, and the CoI finds them guilty of misconduct? On the other hand, why not wait a short while, until the CoI completes it work. Certainly, if the CoI clears the officers of any misconduct, they will be promoted. That will be well within the ambit of justice and fair play for all. It is only a matter of time.
I agree with the action of the President. It is a giant step in the right direction. Let there be many swifter, certain and appropriate actions by His Excellency, David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

Yours faithfully,
Clinton Conway
Assistant
Commissioner
of Police (Retired)

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