The Guyana Police Force has commenced training of its ranks in preparation for possible general elections in the near future.
With the imminent No Confidence Motion likely to result in the shortening of the life of the tenth parliament, there is every possibility that there could be general elections sometime early next year and the police are ensuring that they are not caught napping.
This newspaper was reliably informed that ranks from the police East Coast Demerara (C) Division have already commenced public order (riot) training under senior officers from the Tactical Services Unit.
The training, which commenced last week at the Divisional Headquarters, Cove and John, is being done in batches.
Apart from physical training, the ranks are being prepared to deal with crowd control and crowd estimates among other basics.
In the past, the police have come in for severe criticism in relation to their handling of potentially riotous situations, especially in the aftermath of General Elections since 1992.
Following the last general elections, the police were forced to discharge rounds at a group of marchers, including former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Eddward Collins and Attorney at Law James Bond, a move that was widely criticized.
They also came in for criticism for their handling of demonstrations in Linden two years ago when three persons were shot dead.
It is expected that the force will adjust its training to eliminate the previous encounters.