VP Jagdeo hypocritical on removal of ‘policia’ from GPF vehicles – Norton

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Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton has called Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo’s directive to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) “hypocritical”. Speaking with this publication, the Opposition Leader said Jagdeo’s directive reeks of manifestation and incompetence.

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo claims that the placement of the emblem “Policia” on the vehicles of the GPF was misguided by the administration of the GPF. The Opposition Leader said, “It should not have been there in the first place, and from the time the Government of Guyana saw it, they should have said no to it but they didn’t.”

Norton further stated that “it is a clear indication that Jagdeo was probably part of the decision because he is now saying they can put Spanish in a smaller font; that is nonsense; there is no need for anything but ‘police’ in English on the vehicles,” Norton said.

The Vice President said, “It is misguided, and the police should have never put Policia there. It is not the emblem; its just the name; it’s still our emblem, the Guyana Police Force, but they put Policia in Spanish, and they were instructed to change that. They must put ‘Police’; they can put in small letters ‘Policia’, in Portuguese and Spanish”, he said.

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton said, “We are witnessing the Vice President throwing the blame squarely at the feet of the Guyana Police Force.” There is noticeable silence from Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Irfaan Ali, since the saga of the ‘policia’ being placed on vehicles and even the police stations in some areas of Guyana.

Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament and former Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, has criticized the decision. He believes the Spanish word for police should be removed from the vehicles completely. The Guyana Police Force has not said much on the issue, despite the widespread public condemnation.