The Guyana Police Force (GPF) said an investigation will be conducted into the altercation between a police officer and a taxi driver which was recorded and widely shared on social media.
Commissioner of Police (ag.) Mr. Clifton Hicken, according to a statement from the GPF, has expressed his dissatisfaction in relation to the physical altercation noting that “an investigation will be done with some degree of alacrity in an effort to mitigate against this type of behaviour.”
In the video which was recorded in New Amsterdam, Region Six, the police officer was involved in a scuffle and trading punches with the driver whom he was trying to arrest.
In Tuesday’s statement, Hicken appealed to the public to cooperate with the police, and vice versa.
“The police does not and cannot operate in isolation, thus the need for partnership and cooperation between the Police and the public – one that should be premised on mutual trust and cooperation while exploring every avenue to maintain law and order in society,” the Top Cop said.
The Commissioner is assuring the public that the Police Force is working on postures and strict adherence to SOPs aimed at ensuring that ranks are professional in the discharge of their duties, even in the face of harassment and intimidation from non-cooperating civilians.