By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Some members of the Guyana Police Force were earlier today told to ensure that their house is in order before they seek to enter the homes of others.
This message came from Reverend Raphael Massiah during a sermon he was delivering to the ranks of ‘A’ Division at their divisional anniversary church service in the presence of Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud and Commander, Clifton Hicken.
Reverend Massiah gave the ranks thumbs up for their drive in the direction of rebuilding trust, fostering community relations and partnerships but he did not mince words in addressing the very serious concerns of members of the public.
“Before attempting community relationships we have to get it right at home. No success on the job can compensate for failure at home. Develop a proper relationship at home otherwise you do not have the leverage to explore community relationships when it’s so hard for it to be done in your own home,” Massiah cautioned.
On the issue of the use of power, the man of God made it clear that police ranks need to be able to use their power in a controlled manner and not allow their personal grievances to guide them.
He also urged for the Force to also shell itself of rouge cops as he criticized those who bring negative press and publicity to their colleagues.
“Shut those down who are bringing negative press and use your investigative skills to find those people you know are the rouge people, flush them out because ultimately they are bringing the bad image to the Force,” the Reverend advised.
The Guyana Police Force is celebrating its 176th anniversary.