It is, however, sad to say that I cannot say the same for the recently promoted Seelall Persaud who acts as this country's Crime Chief, and whom the Head of State of this country, President Donald Ramotar, saw fit to promote as Deputy Commissioner of Police.
EVERY SINGLE TIME that I call Mr. Persaud
mobile phone in relation to my work, he
hangs up the phone on me; and there seems to be no ending to this nasty and unprofessional practice, which I hate to think he
considers normal behaviour for someone holding the position he
There were about two occasions earlier this year where I called Mr. Persaud
to acquire information and comments in relation to stories that needed a comment from the police, as is a normal basic journalistic principle.
Those efforts were all met with Mr Persaud
abruptly terminating the calls and refusing to answer any other calls coming from my number.
The most recent of this unsavoury practice occurred on Saturday, September 15, when I called Mr. Persaud to get from him a comment in relation to a front page headline carried in the Guyana Chronicle of September 15th in which several female nursing students of the Georgetown School of Nursing were accusing a CID rank of fondling them during a cavity search for some missing money.
While I do not expect Mr. Persaud to understand journalistic principles and how the media operates, I do expect him to understand that his usual behaviour towards me -- for which I am yet to find a reason -- is nothing but downright disrespectful to another human being, and insultive to the Guyana Police Force and the President of this country, who appointed him as a Deputy Police Commissioner.
The Guyana Police Force
needs people who can relate with the public and retain the confidence of the public; and Mr. Seelall Persaud
, I am now gathering, may not be one such person.
Moreover, he might not even be fit to head the Criminal Investigation Department of this country.