Former Police Commissioner believes murdered cop did not follow Standard Operating Procedures – 3rd May 2013
Former Commissioner of Police Winston Felix feels that the death of the young Police Corporal Romein Cleto could have been avoided had he followed the standard operating procedures that the force has in place. Felix, now Shadow Minister of Home Affairs in Parliament said in his view, the Police who ought to protect the public, must protect themselves first.
Felix was speaking to this Newscast at the APNU headquarters. He said the patrol after observing the suspected vehicle with tampered number plates, should have notified their headquarters and ask for backup patrols. According to the former top cop, the approach became necessary since the upsurge in crime many years ago.
Felix believes that training suffers as a result of the shortage of human resources in the force. Over the years this Newscast understands that the Guyana Police Force has struggled to maintain its full complement of manpower. However, the former top cop said he supports training and retraining and in cases where training is lacking, he recommends strong supervision.
Felix was not happy that the CCTV video footage could not have helped to capture the criminals.
The Police corporal was shot and killed and two other policemen injured last Saturday in Avenue of the Republic.