Criminals threaten democracy
-- Police Commissioner warns at funeral service for slain detective
Guyana Chronicle
July 18, 2002

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At the funeral service for Detective Corporal Adrian Roland London, 31, at the Transfiguration Church, Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, Mr. McDonald appealed for cooperation from all sections of society to "rid this country of the criminals that threaten democracy, and remove this evil scourge of criminality and criminals."

Armed Policemen from the Tactical Service Unit kept watch on the funeral procession as other members of the Police Force in ceremonial uniforms accompanied the coffin of their fallen comrade.

London was brutally gunned down last week Thursday night by unknown assailants in Norton Street, Georgetown, as he was riding home on his motor cycle at about 23:00 hrs.

McDonald, paying tribute to the fallen lawman, described London as "one of the best young detectives in the GPF (Guyana Police Force), having an aggressive and no nonsense approach to his job, sparing no opportunity to arrest criminals."

He said London never shied away from assignments and was "always energetic and dedicated."

The Commissioner said his death must not go unnoticed and called on the wider society to work with the GPF to restore "equilibrium" in the country.

Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Ronald Gajraj said the brutal attacks on members of the security forces are a "ploy to demoralise members of the Force" but vowed that "they will not be daunted and will rededicate themselves in the name of their fallen brothers to carry that torch with distinction."

He said London's dedication and commitment must inspire his colleagues to higher grounds, adding that his "death must not go in vain".

The minister assured that despite the "dark patch" being experienced, the Force "will triumph."

Gajraj, recalling his encounters with London, as a practising lawyer, said he had a "keen sense of perception" and was impressed with "his incisiveness and his ability to reply to complex questions."

The minister fondly recalled his early association with the relatives of London, some of whom he grew up with and were schoolmates as well. He also reminisced how London's grandmother assisted in the delivery of no less than five of his siblings.

In the eulogy to Adrian London, Attorney-at-Law, Carol Martindale Howard remarked: "His respect, thoughtfulness, joviality and his indomitable spirit lives on."

Quoting from one of Martin Carter's more famous poems, Ms. Howard noted: "Death must not find us thinking we die."

London lost his mother at the tender age of three but proceeded to attend the Tucville Primary School and later the Government Technical Institute.

But his "love of adventurism and country took him first to the Guyana Defence Force and then to the GPF where he received the Best Cop Award for the 'A' Division and received on the spot promotion to Lance Corporal for his outstanding policing work," Ms. Howard pointed out.

London leaves to mourn his wife Nauja, his son, Adrian (junior) his father Harry London and four sisters and brothers.

London was the sixth Policeman slain since April 2 when Superintendent Leon Fraser was shot dead as he and others were on the hunt for armed and dangerous bandits at Yarowkabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway.

Others were Detective Sergeant Harry Kooseram who was shot while on his way to work at Vigilance Police Station, East Coast Demerara, two weeks later on April 15; Constable Sherwin Alleyne - one of a group of cops ambushed at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara on May 25; Constable Andy Atwell - also executed as he stood at the entrance of the Alberttown Police Station on May 30 and Constable Rawle Thomas of the Target Special Squad who was shot while on duty in the vicinity of the Wismar Police Station on June 14. He subsequently died on June 16.
Among others at the funeral service yesterday were General Secretary of the main Opposition People's National Congress Reform, Mr. Oscar Clarke, Director of the Guyana Prison Service, Mr. Dale Erskine and representatives of the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Fire Service. (CHAMANLALL NAIPAUL)