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– accuses ranks of being ‘travelling magistrates’ While President Bharrat Jagdeo has praised the police force for its professionalism, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee is not too pleased with the general attitude of members, moreso those in the hierarchy of the organization.In his address to officers during their recently concluded three-day conference at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Rohee pulled no punches in criticising the action of officers including those of the Commissioner, through to Divisional Commanders.Clement RoheeHenry GreeneAn obviously fired up Rohee started with Police Commissioner Henry Greene. He spoke at length of a matter that is of great concern to him — the management of the Guyana Police Force, and the perception of the organisation by the public.The issue to which he was referring had to do with the response, or lack thereof, by the Office of the Commissioner of Police, to letters of complaints, specific requests and other matters that require the intervention of senior managers of the force.“I am totally disappointed with the lethargy that has been demonstrated by the senior management of the force in treating with correspondences that are being sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs, to the Office of the Commissioner of Police.The standard response received by the Ministry is in the form of an initial acknowledgement.  Thereafter, the receipt of substantive responses takes months, and, in some instances, as long as a year. Even when responses are received these do not always carry objective comments to aid me in my decision making,” Rohee told the conference.According to Rohee, at the moment, there are 21 specific pieces of correspondence outstanding before him, dealing with varying issues of importance to citizens, and the Ministry, that are awaiting responses from the Commissioner’s Office.He stated that number does not come close to the actual number of correspondence that are still to be concluded between the Ministry,Discount Asics Shoes Australia, and the Office of the Commissioner.“This matter strikes at the core of the efficiency of the Force, and must be addressed without delay,” he stated.This is not the first time that the Office of the Police Commissioner has been accused of lethargy.A few weeks ago, former Commissioner Henry Fraser, now deceased,Adidas Shoes From China Wholesale, had chided the office for the callousness with which they dealt with him, and despite the publication of the allegation by this newspaper, there was no attempt to correct the situation.According to Rohee there are reports that some ranks, even at the officer level, are seen associating with persons of dubious character.The Minister said that from such associations, certain negative inferences could be drawn,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, thus, affecting the good image of the Guyana Police Force.“All ranks are urged to be more prudent in their choice of associates,” the Minister stated. The Minister then turned his attention to ranks down the order pointing out that his Ministry is still in receipt of complaints about the inappropriate conduct, and in some instances,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, corrupt practices, by some police ranks.He said that an analysis of many of the complaints that find their way to his office seems to suggest that in many instances they are avoidable, but because of poor judgment by the junior ranks and inadequate supervision by their supervisors they remain.The issues, he said, tend to escalate and in some instances end up in the court where all parties are prosecuted.“Further, it is alleged that some ranks take it on themselves to become ‘travelling magistrates’ and attempt to settle matters for a fee,Wholesale Jerseys China, in some instances. The senior ranks have to place themselves in positions where they ought to know about these transgressions that are being committed by ranks,Bouteille dEau Hydro Flask, and take appropriate action.More use of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) could assist in this regard,” the Minister said.The next area of concern is the submission of Accountability Reports, which according to Rohee, aids the Ministry in providing policy guidance to ensure that the overall goal of enhancing the quality of service to the public is in focus, by the force.“My impression is that some Commanders have been unable to grasp the importance of this process and have been paying little attention to the responses that are being sent to the Ministry.”  He pointed to some examples which include response time and the processing of firearm licences.“Some Commanders seem to think that they should not be required to provide information on this matter because they are granting a favour to applicants.”Another area of great concern to the Home Affairs Minister is the condition in which some police lock-ups are being kept.  A case in point is the female lock-ups, at the East La Penitence Police Station.“While daily reports are being received of visits being made to police stations, by supervisory ranks, what is absent is the non-provision of any reliable information that follow-up action is being taken when defects are discovered during these visits,” Rohee said.
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