History created as immigration officer recognised at GPF awards

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

History was made, when Immigration Officer, Towanna Crandon-Primo, was recognised for her brilliance as a Joint Service Member. Her recognition came at the Guyana Police Force (GPF), annual Christmas Award Ceremony hosted at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square, Eve Leary.

Deputy Commissioner Administration, Paul Williams DSM noted that it was the first time a Joint Service Member was recognised. Crandon-Primo was the immigration officer who documented a forged ID card of Benvolio Valenski, a wanted man in Canada, back in September 2019.

The ceremony presented commendation and awards to police officers in community policing groups, rural constables, joint service members, sports personality, sportsman/woman, divisional best cop, runner-up best cop and overall best cop.

The Deputy Commissioner explained that the ceremony pays tribute to police officers for their excellent work and dedication to the force from the beginning of 2019.

“There are criteria set out, that take into consideration rank, general performance throughout the entire year. Not on the premise of one goodwill or good act, butthe basis of continuous support.”

The overall best cop of 2019 was awarded to Sergeant Hanover who has served in Force for six years.

In his remarks, Commissioner of Police Leslie James noted that the award ceremony has become a permanent fixture within the Force’s calendar of events. This year’s incentives and awards amounted to a total $21.3Million.