Twenty-six recruits pass out from Faikal Police College
Alli Best Overall student
Stabroek News
April 8, 2003

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Constable 19275 Alli copped the Best Classroom and Best Overall student honours when twenty-six recruits completed nine months of rigorous training at the Richard Faikal Police College at Suddie, Essequibo Coast, with a smart passing out parade on Friday.

Special achievement awards were also presented to Best Drill student Constable 19293 Mahadeo, and Most Improved Student, Constable 19277 Joseph.

The course report on this second batch from the college was presented by Training Commandant Rasheed Salim who noted that the training covered such areas as foot, arms and riot drills, the Laws of Guyana, basic policing procedures, traffic regulations, crime, community policing, domestic violence, human rights, courtesy and firearm skills.

In delivering the feature address and charge, Assistant Commissioner (Training) Sydney Bunbury told the graduating batch "your work is to serve and not to be masters of the public." He also reminded them that their jobs will take them to all communities across the country and the real test will be when they go out into the world of work.

The assistant commissioner in cautioning them that "policing is a demanding job", noted that often they will be required to make instant decisions, and they will also be judged instantly.

He told them finally "you are disciples of the Guyana Police Force, go out and execute your duties as you were taught."

The formal programme was chaired by woman Inspector Merlene Nedd who welcomed all present, including regional vice chairman Vishnu Samaroo.

The ceremony was blessed with prayers by Christian, Hindu and Muslim representatives from among the batch of recruits. This was followed by a drill display by the graduating ranks and the inspection by Assistant Commissioner Bunbury.

Twenty-three constables were trained in the college's first batch of recruits. (Yusuf Khan)

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