SWAT Unit establishd
With all the controversy surrounding the establishment of a SWAT team Guyana’s Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee said the setting up of a SWAT team is not to oppress and suppress members of the public or the opposition and would not be used as a political tool. He said such a motion is totally out of the question. Rohee was speaking at the official launching of Special Weapons and Tactics unit at the Police Officers training centre in Kingston
While he continues to receive a bashing for his handling of the security sector Rohee made it clear that he is not an expert on security matters he is just a politician.
Many in and out of political circles have questioned the timing of such a team. Rohee said a SWAT team was long in the making and it was part of his party’s manifestos of 2006 and 2011 and it forms part of the modernization of the Force.
Meanwhile commissioner of police Leroy Brumell said SWAT was pivotal to the Guyana Police Force. The top cop said the members were selected based on discipline, training, professionalism and the ability to make positive decisions, health, mindset, years of service, experience and conduct.
Some 27 members of the Guyana Police Force were selected as the first round of training commences by the Emergency Group over looking the training. Guyana is hoping to have a fully functioning SWAT later this year.