In a statement on Sunday evening, Commissioner of Police (ag) Clifton Hicken said that any member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) found acting outside of the Force’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will not be shielded but instead face the full brunt of the law.
“No member of the Force will be shielded if found in breach of the Police regulations,” the statement said.
“If any rank is found to have breached the SOPs, then regulations will be enforced and/or if any rank act independently outside of the law, then that rank will be dealt with condignly and face the full brunt of the law,” Hicken declared.
He further stated that “unprofessionalism will not be condoned, and no one will be allowed to tarnish the good image of the Force.”
The Commissioner’s statement came just minutes after the Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) revealed that a lighter belonging to a man sitting on the bench at the Vigilance Police Station made its way into the lockup, resulting in a 17-year-old fisherman receiving burn injuries.
It was also noted that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the matter while two ranks were placed under close arrest.
Only Thursday last, Police Constable Sherwin Peters was committed to stand trial before the High Court for the fatal shooting of Essequibo businessman Orin Boston in September last year.
A few days prior to that, three cops were remanded to prison over the shooting death of Quindon Bacchus - a 23-year-old father of one.