Forty cops disciplined for 1999 - following misconduct reports

Stabroek News
January 26, 2000

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has disciplined 40 of its members following public complaints of police misconduct during last year. The GPF received a total of 144 reports in 1999 of alleged misconduct by its ranks, made by the public.

Forty-five of these reports were made through the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and so far 31 reports have been investigated and returned to the PCA for action, according to a police press release yesterday.

Ninety-nine reports were dealt with directly by the Police Office of Professional Responsibility. Seventy-eight of them have resulted in criminal and departmental charges being brought against 40 members of the force. Investigations are continuing into 35 reports of alleged misconduct.

Specific cases that caught the media's attention were referred to including the beating of a truck driver from Affiance at Orangestein, East Bank Essequibo in July; the death of Fazal Narine at the Enmore Police Outpost; the alleged assault on two residents at Buxton; the death of Colin McGregor at Number 68 Village, Corentyne and the failure of ranks to provide assistance to an injured woman at Avenue of the Republic in November.

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