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Saturday, April 01, 2006
Police employs new vetting system for recruits
Stabroek News

The Guyana Police Force has introduced a vetting system for its recruits.

In an attempt to ensure that it does not recruit persons who may have already been involved in illegal activities, but may not have a criminal record, the force will tomorrow publish the faces of some 46 of its prospective recruits in three newspapers.

The recruits' faces would be accompanied by their names, addresses and dates of birth.

The advertisement will inform the general public that the persons are expected to join the force and that further information on them is needed. Anyone having relevant information on any of the prospective recruits is asked to write to the police.

A source confirmed to this newspaper that the police have employed this new strategy to ensure that the right persons are employed.

The source acknowledged that it was because of the constant criticism the force has been subjected to that the decision was taken. It is not an attempt to appease the critics, the source said, but it is an attempt to ensure that only the best persons are employed to protect and serve the nation.

In recent years there have been many cases of policemen being involved in criminal activities while serving on the force.

There have also been many instances of persons leaving the force and using their skills and links to the force for the benefit of the criminal underworld which they would have joined.

Recently, the police had issued photographs of several former policemen, informing the public that they were no longer members of the force. This was done as it was felt that the former officers, some of whom are well known, were still masquerading as police officers.

The force has also had cause to issue arrest warrants for several of its members, who it suspected were involved in illegal activities.

As recent as Wednesday, the police said they were interested in ex-policemen Paul Rodrigues and Ricardo Rodrigues in connection with illegal items that were discovered during a recent joint services raid. The two, along with businessman

Roger Khan, and Gerald Pereira, have since challenged the authority of the force to issue a wanted bulletin for them for questioning.