[www.inewsguyana.com] – The hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force has decided to transfer Traffic Chief, Ian Amsterdam in what senior and junior members of the Force say is linked to a personal grievance a senior police official has with him.
Amsterdam, who returned from his annual leave on Wednesday, September 16, was sent to be the second in command of the police ‘A’ Division, a position he once held before being sent to the Police ‘D’ Division and then subsequently being appointed the Traffic Chief.
Reports reaching iNews revealed that at a weekly performance meeting just before Amsterdam proceeded on leave, he had cause to object to the senior police official addressing him in a derogatory manner in the presence of several Assistant Commissioners of Police, Senior Superintendents of Police and Superintendents of Police.
The Guyana Police Force has a policy where transfers are part of the “kit” – meaning that once you are in the Force, you can be transferred at any time and at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police; however some officers are now beginning to see the policy as one that is used to settle personal grievances.
Several senior officers are of the view that Amsterdam has proven to be one of the most competent officers within the Police Force and are upset that he was transferred.
Dion Moore remains in the capacity as Acting Traffic Chief. Meanwhile, other senior officers are also peeved that a decision was taken to appoint controversial officer, Ravindradat Budhram as the Commander of the ‘F’ Division.
Budhram was transferred out of the police ‘B’ Division with immediate effect while Leroy Brumell was Commissioner of Police, following reports that he gave instructions for a vehicle that was being driven by a known player in the drug underworld and suspected at the time to be carrying illegal substance and or weapons, to pass a road block unhindered and without being searched.
He was sent to serve the Finance Office, understudying Senior Superintendent, Nigel Hoppie.