With Deputy Commissioner of Police Lyndon Alves on administrative leave to facilitate an investigation into corruption allegations, Deputy Superintendent Michael Kingston will be performing the duties of Crime Chief.
This was revealed to members of the media today by Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon.
The official said that once the probe is completed, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan would advise Cabinet on the way forward.
The Director-General was also questioned about the polygraph tests that are being administered on several members of the Guyana Police Force, with Alves being one of them.
Harmon said that while he could not reveal details in this regard, such tests have been routine for the security services, particularly within the narcotics division and the intelligence security services. The official said that this practice is one that seeks to encourage or reinforce confidence in the force.
Further to this, the Director-General reminded that the force has over 7,000 members and, of course, there will be a few who would not be in full compliance with the regulations. As such, he alluded to the fact that these tests are necessary to keep the force in check.