Fifteen cops charged following public complaints
July 1, 2000
Some 15 members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), facing accusations of misconduct made against them by members of the public, have been charged criminally or departmentally as a result of investigations.
This was out of a total of 83 reports made for the year to the GPF's Office of Professional Responsibility, a police press release disclosed yesterday.
"A review of these complaints reveal that 26 were alleged assault and harassment and 18 as a result of dissatisfaction (with) police action in relation to matters reported. The other reports were for various reasons including neglect of duty and corrupt practice," the release said.
Of the reports made, "intense investigations" into 45 have been completed resulting in the 15 police ranks being charged, the release said. Private actions were advised against 11 ranks while eight others were warned by the administration.
The police are also "seeking legal advice" on 19 of the 45 complaints into which investigations have been completed. Investigations into the remaining 38 are still underway with a view of having them completed as early as possible "in the interest of police/community relations," the release disclosed.
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