Top Cop says probe into Crime Chief’s alleged misconduct ongoing

Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lyndon Alves
Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lyndon Alves

Commissioner of Police Leslie James has said that the investigations into the damning allegations of corruption against Deputy Police Commissioner and Crime Chief Lyndon Alves, who is presently on administrative leave, is ongoing.

“On completion, we will make a disclosure…as you know each matter, each case turns on its own peculiar facts, so I cannot speculate (length of probe)”, Alves told INews when asked for an update on the probe.

Earlier this month, the Top Cop had promised that ranks found guilty of misconduct will not be condoned within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

The Commissioner’s statement came when the GPF was celebrating its 180th anniversary and a week after Alves was sent on administrative leave to facilitate a probe into corruption allegations levelled against him.

James has acknowledged that there is the pervasive issue of corruption among his ranks.

Among the allegations against Alves is his alleged use of his influence during his tenure as Commander of B Division to protect rogue cops.

Another allegation levelled against the Crime Chief is his reported influence to prevent a relative of his, who was involved in an accident, from being charged. In that incident, the young woman allegedly struck four-year-old Mohan Ramkaran close to his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home.

However, after she was arrested, she was later placed on $20,000 station bail and over two years later, she is yet to be charged.

Meanwhile, the Top Cop in a statement said, “…the membership of the Guyana Police Force number in excess of seven thousand (7000), most of whom have been professional, law-abiding, conscientious and humble. And for those who chose to run contrary, disciplinary actions have been taken against them”.

Quite recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had told INews that the probe into Alves’ alleged misconduct as a serving senior member of the GPF has been completed and that his file was sent for further advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the way forward.