Police Association welcomes appointment of PSC

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Chairman of the Police Association, Inspector Prem Narine

The Police Service Commission (PSC), a constitutional body, which expired last year August was reconstituted earlier this week by President Dr. Irfaan Ali. 

The four new members of the PSC are Bishop Patrick Findlay, Chairman; Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway; businessmen Hakeem Mohammed and Ernesto Choo-a-Fat.

All of them were sworn in on May 31, except for Mohammed, who will take the oath of office at a later date. 

The last PSC was suspended by President Ali in June 2021 after its then Chairman retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Slowe and Commissioner Clinton Conway were slapped with fraud charges.

Slowe, who is also charged with sexually assaulting a senior Policewoman, has moved to the High Court to challenge the President’s decision.  

The PSC was established under Article 137 (1) of the Constitution  to make appointments to any offices in the Guyana Police Force of or above the rank of Inspector, and exercise disciplinary control over and to remove persons holding or acting in such offices.

See the below statement by the Guyana Police Association, which is chaired by Police Inspector Prem Narine, on the appointment of the PSC

The Executive Members of the Guyana Police Association, represent over 4500 ranks of the Guyana Police Force. 

We have noted that after the Parliamentary sub-committee of Appointments would have unanimously approved the names of nominees for the Police Service Commission, it was subsequently sent to the National Assembly where it was unanimously approved once again. 

As a result, the said list was sent to the President. It must be noted that throughout that process, the Government and Opposition Members would have been actively involved in the scrutiny of the nominees before the approval.

With that being said, it is our view that meaningful consultation was executed between His Excellency President Dr Irfaan Ali and Leader of the Opposition Aubrey Norton, as prescribed by the Constitution of Guyana, when they met on Friday 13th May 2022.  

It is reasonable to assume that both the Opposition and Government Members of Parliament would have reported their findings to their leaders, before the approval of the nominees.

In addition, it is our view that the Leader of the Opposition Aubrey Norton did not attend the meeting which was schedule for Monday 30th May 2022, with His Excellency President Dr Irfaan Ali to be testimony that meaningful consultation was done in the previous meeting (May 13 th 2022), as prescribed by the Constitution on. 

It must be noted that the Constitution of Guyana talks of consultation and not the parties agreeing on the issue.

It is the view of the Guyana Police Association (GPA) that if the President of Guyana triggers any constitutional process at any time, then all parties who are required to be a part of the process must make this a priority. 

We believe any constitutional process takes precedence over any other duties since constitutional matters are of national importance.

Emanating from this, we support His Excellency President Dr Irfaan Ali appointment of the Police Service Commission and view any challenge(s) of it as a direct attack on the welfare of ranks of the Guyana Police Force and all of Guyana

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