Guyana Police Force held its Annual Award Ceremony at the Police Officers’ Mess Annexe, Eve Leary where two thousand nine hundred and ninety-seven (2997) ranks were awarded with more than twenty-three million dollars ($23,000,000.00) in cash and incentives for their outstanding work and dedication to service. However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions only a few of the ranks were present to receive their awards.
Delivering the feature address to the audience was Commissioner of Police (ag) Mr. Nigel Hoppie, DSM, who charged the ranks to be professional when dealing with members of the public. He also recognized the challenges ranks face but also acknowledged that overall, their performance has been creditable and for this recognition is due “this year, one with challenges and experiences for the Police Force; However, despite these challenges and experiences the Force has performed creditably, in spite of some unsavory incidents, and has been able to maintain a safe and secure environment within the country. We are aware that more needs to be done, but we are also aware that we have prevailed”.
Commissioner also made the following remarks:
- In relation to serious crimes to date the Force has recorded an overall decrease of 4.3 % though murder saw an increase of 27.69 percent due mainly to public disorder.
- There was a decrease of 8.9 % of Break & Enter & Larceny and 6.1 % in Burglary compared to the same period last year.
- In relation to the murders, the Force has recorded 71.4 % in its clear up rate and an 83.5 percent for Robbery Under Arms where firearms were used.
- For cannabis seized from January to date, 758 Kg 771.26 Grams which represents a 21 % increase over the corresponding period. Persons charged four hundred and eighteen (418) and cases made three hundred and eight (308).
- For cocaine seized from January to date, 489 Kg, 87 Grams, representing a 86.5 % increase over the corresponding period. Persons charged thirty-nine (39) and cases made twenty-eight (28)
- For ecstasy, 313.35 Grams, persons charged ten (10), cases made eight (8).
- Eradication for the period January 01 to date, thirty-eight operations, thirty- three fields, three hundred and fourteen acres, five hundred and thirty-four thousand seven hundred and twelve (534, 712) plants weighing 1,134,548 Kg. For the dry cannabis, 266, 607 Kg.
- Traffic has seen an increase of 21% in Fatal Accidents (120 for 2020 and 99 for 2019) and a consequential 15% increase in fatalities (130 for 2020 and 113 for 2019).
- The Force is continuing with its Strategic Plan which runs from 2019 through 2021 under the five pillars namely:
- Operational priorities;
- Developing our people;
- Performance; and
- In the area of Domestic Violence, the Force has a Domestic Violence Unit in each Policing Region which work closely with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Protection and play an integral role in the monitoring of activities specific to the recently established 914 Hotline.
- All members of the Force has a responsibility to act professional at all times and to treat each report and reporter with the highest level of professionalism.
In closing, Commissioner (ag) acknowledged that it is always difficult to recognise few from many, but emphasized that earnest recognition must at all times be given to the work of the many.
Emerging from the group of awardees for overall Best Cop was Woman Detective Sergeant 20846 Melanie Hale from Region Number 4 ‘A’ for being instrumental in solving several high-profile murders and see to the arrest and charges of other criminal matters.
As part of her recognition Woman Detective Sergeant 20846 Melanie Hale received a plaque and a trophy, $250,000 from the Guyana Police Force, a trip to the Kaieteur Fall from the Roraima Group of Companies and a sum of $150,000 from Queensway Security Service Inc.
Ranks from all ten Administrative Regions were also awarded with plaques and monies for their exceptional work in crime fighting, anti-narcotics exercises, traffic control and enhancing the safety of their communities in which they serve. These ranks were awarded Best Cop’s for their Regions, also Community Policing Groups.
The Runner-up prize went to Detective Sergeant 20310 Leon George, who has been a member of the Force for the past thirteen (13) years and is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Golden Grove Police Station. He was instrumental solving a number of robberies, murders, seizures of narcotics and also dismantling a ring of persons who were involved in the theft of motor cars. He received a plaque a total sum of $200,000 also $100,000 from Queensway Security Service Inc.
Present were Commissioner of Police (Ag) Mr. Nigel Hoppie, DSM, Deputy Commissioner Operation (Ag) Mr. Clifton Hicken, Public Relations and Press Officer, Assistant Commissioner Royston Andries-Junor, Deputy Commissioner Administration (Ag) Mr. Calvin Brutus, Deputy Commission Law Enforcement (ag) Mr. Wendell Blamhum, Mr. Captain Gerry Gouveia, National Security Advisor to the President, Mr. Mohamed Arafat Qualander, Treasurer, GPF Fallen Heroes Foundation Inc.
Sergeant 20846 Melanie Hale thanked the Force’s Administration for recognizing her efforts and highlighted her award as a sign of gender equality of the Guyana Police Force “it shows clearly that there is gender equality in the Guyana Police Force and it is evident that women can be just as disciplined, efficient, hardworking, professional and above all productive as their male counterparts in the field of Law enforcement”.
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