No recent resignations from force - police
Stabroek News
June 6, 2002

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The Guyana Police Force has denied a Kaieteur News report that several ranks at one of its East Coast Demerara stations had resigned as a result of the burgeoning crime wave.

The police, in a release issued yesterday, said no rank had tendered his or her resignation within the past three weeks as claimed in the Kaieteur News of June 3.

According to the release, ranks of the force have always displayed a great sense of duty, pride and loyalty in trying circumstances, withstanding all forms of difficulties in discharging their functions.

Viewing the Kaieteur News report as an attempt to prey on the emotions of ranks, relative to the discharge of their sworn duty, the police said they would remain focused, giving scant regard to "uninformed, malicious and meaningless utterances..." Instead, the release said, they would use recent incidents of ranks being attacked in the line of duty as a way of strengthening their resolve.

Ranks of the force, the release stated, remained firm in their commitment to law and order and the prevention and detection of crime.

It said that the force's recruitment drive continued to attract young men and women with a desire to serve their country with some 104 being recruited thus far for the year compared with 95 for the corresponding period last year. Some 465 persons were said to have been recruited last year.

Meanwhile, a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) yesterday stated that Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, at his weekly post-cabinet media briefing also denied the claims of large-scale resignations.

According to the release, Luncheon said that denials to the effect has been made at a high level security meeting hosted by President Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday to discuss the crime situation.