Retirement of Top Ranks will make way for other Officers; Rohee not concerned about vacant positions

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By Fareeza Haniff

Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee
Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee is not worried about the retirement of some of his ranks from the top spots in the Guyana Police Force.

As a matter of fact, Rohee believes that the retired ranks are simply making way for the young blood in the Force.

He told reporters at a news conference on Monday, March 31 that the Police Force has never collapsed as a result of police officers retiring.

Rohee’s comments come on the heels of the retirement of Police Commissioner, Leroy Brumell, whose official last day on the job is today.

Additionally, Commander of the ‘A’ Division, George Vyphius is expected to retire sometime this week, while Commander of the ‘D’ Division, Eric Bassant retired some two weeks ago.

When asked about this and if it is a concern for his Ministry, Rohee said, “The Police Force has been in existence for over a 100 years. I don’t recall any situation where it has collapsed.”

He further noted, “Retirement allows ranks from the bottom to come to the top. If you keep those people there and I have nothing against anybody…the younger ranks are looking at upward mobility too and you don’t want to send a signal to them that clashes with their desire or expectations.”

The Home Affairs Minister expressed his optimism that the vacant positions will be filled with competent people.

L - R: Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell and Crime Chief, Seelall Persaud.
L – R: Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell and Crime Chief, Seelall Persaud.

“One has to prepare for one’s retirement…I am optimistic that these positions will be filled and the Force will continue to function effectively,” Rohee said.

Meanwhile, as it relates to the replacement of Brumell, the Home Affairs Minister refused to confirm reports that the spot will be taken by Crime Chief Seelall Persaud.

He maintained that the official announcement should come from President Donald Ramotar.

“I think that eventually, Office of the President will make a public statement. I don’t want to determine when and how.”

Brumell served the Police Force for 36 years and was Commissioner for the last two and a half years.   

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