The “misuse and abuse” of vehicles owned by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) must stop, Traffic Chief Linden Isles commanded. The Chief made this call during a special seminar held for Force drivers from across the country. The seminar was hosted on Saturday last at the Officers’ Training Centre, Eve Leary.
The event came on the heels of President David Granger’s call for a thorough assessment of the fatal accident which occurred at Friendship East Bank Demerara last month, involving a police vehicle with siren, and a private car that was driven by a soldier. Five persons lost their lives in that accident.
Isles instructed the drivers that siren must be used only in cases of emergency and not for ordinary duties or simply traversing, as abuse may cause the public to become dismissive.
Reports of police abusing sirens and forcing other drivers off the roadways are common, this, he said, must cease immediately, as Force drivers’ are to adhere to speed limits and remain in their respective lane, even while performing escort duties.
Isles reminded the drivers that they are required to report 15 minutes before the actual time of duty, and in doing so, there would be no need for speed. In some exceptional cases, he advised that it is better to arrive late, than not at all.
“Police are not above the law…Speed limits are erected throughout the country and Force Drivers’ must set the example for the public to follow.”
While all Force drivers’ may not be errant, the members of the Force are not viewed as individuals, therefore, they all must work collectively to safeguard the image of the Force, the Traffic Chief said.
He also revealed that the Force is currently developing new and advance driving programs to enhance ranks’ skill in areas of remedial, tactical and escort driving.
The seminar was timely and interactive, many of the ranks took the opportunity to gain clarity from the Chief on issues they have encountered as Force drivers.
Traffic Chief Linden Isles will hold a Seminar of a similar nature with drivers of emergency vehicles aside from the Police Force to inform them of the new posture going forward when operating such vehicles on the Country’s roadways.