Following concerns expressed by some passengers travelling with the Essequibo ferry service, who feel threatened by the decision of the Guyana Police Force to have prisoners sit with civilians when being transported to and from court in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Police Commander of ‘G’ Division Superintendent Kevin Adonis said a request will be made to the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) for a designated area to be made available on the ferries for the transport of prisoners.
Some passengers suggested that a section on the ferry be reserved for the prisoners when they are being transported to and from court. They have even suggested that the Guyana Prison Service provide special vehicles – Police or river taxis – to transport prisoners, or even have that area barred off.
However, Superintendent Adonis said that an alternative will be sought in partnership with the T&HD.
“What we have to do is to talk to the transport administration to have a designated area when we are having a large amount of prisoners to transport,” Adonis noted.
The Police Commander also urged person using the ferries not to become alarmed since the persons being transported are some who may be on remand for minor offences.
He also assured that the inmates are usually escorted by armed Policemen and urged civilians who may feel uncomfortable to exercise better judgement and not sit in close proximity to the prisoners. (Guyana Times)