More than 700 police ranks yesterday marched through several streets in Georgetown in observance of the Force’s 174th Anniversary that culminated with an address by the Commissioner of Police (acting) Leroy Brummell.
The Guyana Police Force mounted branch during the parade around the streets of Georgetown
The march began at 06:30 hrs, involving 29 units, under the command of Assistant Commissioner Eric Bassant, and Senior Superintendent Ian Amsterdam.
The participants began from the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), into Young Street, south into Parade Street, then into Lamaha Street, south into Waterloo Street, turning into Regent Street, then Camp Street and west into Brickdam where Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee took the salute.
Subsequently, the parade them moved along the Avenue of the Republic, east into Church Street, then into Cummings Street, west into Lamaha Street, into Camp Street, west into Young Street and finally back to the TSU Square, Eve Leary.
Commissioner Brummell speaking to the officers at the TSU Square cautioned them against abuse of power, as such will not be tolerated in the force. He spoke directly to the placing of some persons into the lock ups when the offence they commit could be dealt with differently and professionally.
“Let us be committed to this organisation, let us show that some of the criticisms that we’re getting we can take it and respond in a professional manner,” Commissioner Brummell said.
Assistant Commissioner of Operations, DSM, George Vyphuis highlighted that the parade is considered an unforgettable one and has been one of the largest that the Guyana Police Force has ever witnessed.
“We’re committed to this country to serve and service we will provide. We are committed to making sure that our organisation’s image is maintained and the people to do that are all of us that are present here today,” Vyphuis said.
He further added that for some of the ranks this will be their last parade as officers in the Police Force.
A number of groups were rewarded financially as well as with awards for their commendable performance. This route march has been an annual event by the police force. [GINA]