Police officers turn a blind eye to critical information – Top Cop tells Berbice residents


Some of the residents during the police meeting on Tuesday, January 28. [iNews' Photo]
Some of the residents during the police meeting on Tuesday, January 28. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com]Top Cop Leroy Brumell yesterday disclosed that many police officers of today are turning a blind eye to certain critical information which could help to solve, prevent or reduce criminal activities.

Brumell made the disclosure while addressing the concerns of residents of the Upper Corentyne during a meeting.

According to the Commissioner of Police, ranks who carry out searches on people are finding them with home breaking tools and other instruments and are not arresting or questioning them.

He told the residents of the Corentyne Coast that one of the bigger issues presently facing the Police B Division is that most of the ranks who are serving in the division are from the Region and that issue is presently being addressed by the force.

Recently, Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee ordered that ranks from the Number 51 Police Station be transferred. This is as a result of allegations made by residents in the community that some police officers are criminally linked.

In this regard, one resident told the Police commissioner and his team that he was at his farm on Sunday night and while attempting to get out of the farm, he noticed a lone man in the car, who then fired shots in the air.

According to the resident, the car was later seen with four men driving in the area before being spotted again a third time, but in this case to respond to a robbery.

After this observation, residents at Number 48 Village blocked the Corentyne Public Road on Sunday night (January 26) protesting against the sloppy response of a police mobile patrol to a robbery, and accusing the police officers of being criminally linked.

As such, the Top Cop told the crowd that while they have a right to protest when issues are affecting them, it should be done peacefully.

“I don’t like standoffs,” Brumell declared.



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