By Shemar Alleyne :
In a recent statement, retired Assistant Police Commissioner Clinton Conway expressed concern about the “too many political issues” within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that he believes are hindering the agency from fulfilling its mandate effectively. He called for the Police Force to be free from political directives to ensure its independence and effectiveness.
Conway’s remarks highlight a longstanding issue in the country’s law enforcement system, where political interference can affect the operational autonomy and impartiality of the police. He emphasized the importance of insulating the Police Force from political pressures and influence to ensure that law enforcement operates solely based on the rule of law and in the best interest of public safety.
The GPF’s primary responsibility is maintaining law and order, protecting citizens, and investigating crimes without bias. However, concerns have been raised about the impact of political interference on the Police Force’s ability to carry out its duties impartially and without fear or favor.
Addressing and resolving the issue of political interference in the police will be essential for fostering public trust and confidence in law enforcement agencies. Creating an environment where the police can operate independently and free from political influence is crucial for ensuring the safety and security of all Guyanese citizens.