In­spec­tion of ve­hi­cles do­nated by China to po­lice

—GPF A, B di­vi­sions re­port fol­low­ing coun­try­wide in­spec­tion

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A year after a fleet of ve­hi­cles was pre­sented to the Guyana Po­lice Force by the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, the force car­ried out an in­spec­tion to as­sess the con­di­tions in which they are be­ing kept.

The in­spec­tion was car­ried out on all the ve­hi­cles re­ceived across the di­vi­sions. This ex­er­cise was re­port­edly car­ried out si­mul­ta­ne­ously, across the di­vi­sional head­quar­ters and other lo­ca­tions.

Po­lice spokesman Jairam Ram­lakhan, in a press re­lease, re­lated that a di­rec­tive was given to of­fi­cers that on Novem­ber 6, 2018, all ve­hi­cles must be just as clean, ef­fi­cient and ser­vice­able as when re­ceived.

Yes­ter­day, Deputy Com­mis­sioner Max­ine Gra­ham, in­spected the ve­hi­cles as­signed to the po­lice head­quar­ters and ‘A’ Di­vi­sion.

Fol­low­ing the in­spec­tion, she told re­porters that from her ob­ser­va­tion, the ve­hi­cles are be­ing kept in or­der. How­ever, she said ranks are re­minded that the ve­hi­cles are a tool for work and should at all times be kept in mint con­di­tion.

She fur­ther dis­closed that from the US$2.6 mil­lion worth of ve­hi­cles gifted to the force, only one has be­come non-func­tional. Gra­ham said that ve­hi­cle was in­volved in a crash at Ma­haica. She pointed out that two oth­ers that were in­volved in crashes in Ber­bice and Lin­den were re­paired and are be­ing used to per­form du­ties.

Gra­ham, who is in charge of op­er­a­tions at the force, went on to say that they will be closely mon­i­tor­ing the use of the ve­hi­cles by of­fi­cers. “I can as­sure you we will not be wait­ing an­other year to have an in­spec­tion but sched­ule one in six months

so we can keep close tabs on how the ve­hi­cles are used,” she dis­closed. Mean­while, the ve­hi­cles which were al­lo­cated to the B Di­vi­sion also re­port­edly passed yes­ter­day’s in­spec­tion, which was car­ried out at the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion, New Am­s­ter­dam by the of­fi­cer-in-char­geof Traf­fic, Ti­mothy Wil­liams. Wil­liams yes­ter­day ex­plained to me­dia op­er­a­tives gath­ered that some ten pick­ups, seven mo­tor­cy­cles and Two ATVs were al­lo­cated to the di­vi­sion. Ac­cord­ing to Wil­liams, ev­ery week the ve­hi­cles are in­spected at the var­i­ous sub­di­vi­sions, so as to en­sure that they are kept up to stan­dard. He fur­ther ex­plained that all the ve­hi­cles, at the end of ev­ery month, are re­quired to be brought to the head­quar­ters, where a general in­spec­tion is done to en­sure that what­ever de­fects have been de­vel­oped can be iden­ti­fied and fixed im­me­di­ately.

“They are work­ing well and we are go­ing to en­sure that we will main­tain these ve­hi­cles at this level and stan­dard”, Wil­liams said.

Shortly after ar­riv­ing in the di­vi­sion in December, 2017, the pickup at­tached to the Re­liance Po­lice Sta­tion was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent along the Cane­field, East Canje, Ber­bice pub­lic road. Wil­liams stated that the rank who was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle dur­ing that ac­ci­dent was dis­ci­plined and the ve­hi­cle was fixed. “The ve­hi­cle is in tip­top shape and work­ing well for us”, he stated.

Wil­liams also stressed that that was the first and only ve­hi­cle in­volved in any ac­ci­dent in the di­vi­sion.

Mean­while, Act­ing Com­man­der of B Di­vi­sion, Paul Langevine, in a brief in­ter­view with the me­dia, noted that since ar­riv­ing in the di­vi­sion, he has no­ticed that all of the sta­tions are in pos­ses­sion of ve­hi­cles, which al­low ranks to carry out their du­ties com­fort­ably.

How­ever, Langevine noted that in his opin­ion, the force can never have too many ve­hi­cles, and as such, he stated that donations of ve­hi­cles are al­ways wel­come.

A re­port con­tain­ing the re­sults of the in­spec­tion will be com­piled and sub­mit­ted to Langevine, Stabroek News was told yes­ter­day.

China’s Am­bas­sador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, handed over 56 pick­ups, 44 mo­tor­cy­cles, 35 ATVs and 5 mo­tor buses on Novem­ber 6 last year.

In 2014, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China had do­nated some US$60,000 worth of equip­ment to the force.

(De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion photo)

Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Op­er­a­tions of the Guyana Po­lice Force, Max­ine Gra­ham con­duct­ing the first in­spec­tion of the Chi­nese-do­nated ve­hi­cles at the Eve Leary Ground yes­ter­day.

Traf­fic Chief Lin­den Isles in­spect­ing the fleet of ve­hi­cles yes­ter­day.

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