[www.inewsguyana.com] – Outgoing Police Commissioner, Leroy Brumell was honoured with an official passing out parade on Friday, March 29 and in his farewell speech, urged that new Top Cop Seelall Persaud to regain the public’s trust and to listen to his ranks.
Brumell received the special salute before inspecting the hundreds of police across the various divisions and departments. The Top Cop made it clear that police officers are no longer respected, wear their uniform with pride or are trusted by the Guyanese people.
This, he reiterated has to change. “We have to strive to restore the image of the force,” Brumell said.
The event was attended by President Donald Ramotar, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, Army Chief Mark Phillips and US Ambassador Brent Hardt among others.
Brumell described his tenure as Police Commissioner as a true honor. He said while he gained new friends, he also lost some.
The Outgoing Police Commissioner in his advice to his successor, Seelall Persaud urged him to listen to the needs of his ranks and to do all in his power to meet those in need.
Brumell also encouraged the ranks to fully support Persaud. Meanwhile, the Top Cop touched on the issue of training, which he noted is critical for the Police Force.
More specifically, he said there needs to be increased training of ranks in the areas of Crowd and Crisis control so as to not have a repeat of the Linden standoff that left at least three dead.
Brumell served the force for 36 years in the Force and was Commissioner for the last two and a half years.