“Corruption must be a thing of the past” -Top Cop
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Commissioner of Police, Leslie James says “corruption must be a thing of the past” and that citizens have their part to play in ensuring they are always on the right side of the law.
Addressing his first press conference, since his appointment, James said the aim is to greatly reduce corrupt activities involving ranks, however “while eradication would be ideal, reduction is more likely.”
“Corruption is a decision made by individuals,” James explained. “It’s not for the want of training that ranks would get involved in corruption. It is a decision, and I want to make it clear to our citizens, that without an offer, there cannot be an acceptance and I would urge persons who do not have their documents in place, to have your documents fully enforced. If you do not have a permit to carry tint, ensure you obtain the required permit and other things. Use the road safely and you would not have any reason to be stopped by a policeman.”
The Commissioner added, “We do not hear reports of any policeman going into anybody’s pockets.” This implies, he said, that they (citizens) “themselves would have put things to the police” after being informed of the offence resulting in some ranks being unprofessional. The corruption is often between two persons or more, “offer and acceptance.”
James said all stakeholders must play their part in curbing the problem and whilst “corruption may not be wished away, it will be fully minimised.”
Paul Mc Adam.
Image: Jules Gibson.