The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday remembered ranks who were killed on the line of duties by hosting a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument for Fallen Heroes, Eve Leary.
Speaking at the ceremony was Commissioner of Police (Ag) Clifton Hicken who said that the occasion is a sad but honourable one.
Hicken told the gathering that the gift of security and safety is one that is welcomed but the price that comes for the persons behind this gift can be grieving.
“We as police officers take commitment as we must be able to maintain mental and moral strength to resist opposition and oppressors and fairness of mind to protect the nation in the line of fire and must stand by our fellow officers in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.”
This is why he said the Fallen Heroes Foundation Inc. was established to provide benefits such as education to members of deceased ranks. They also offset the expense of the wake and funeral of a rank who was killed on the line of duty.
As they remembered the fallen heroes, Hicken urged for the Police Force to continue to execute their duties with passion and to renew their commitment to the Guyana Police Force motto “Serving with commitment.”
In closing he extended condolences to the relatives, friends and other persons who may have been associated with the fallen heroes.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn charged the current Police Force to continue executing their duties to the best of their ability to make the fallen heroes proud. He also assured the family members of the deceased of the Force support.
This event falls part of the Force activities to celebrate the 183rd Anniversary.