The two sergeants attached to the Finance Department of the Guyana Police Force — who were detained last April for investigation into an alleged conspiracy to commit fraud — are still on the job.Contacted on Monday for an update on the investigations, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that the ranks are still serving members of the Force, as the investigations are ongoing. He said that, so far, nothing was found that would have resulted in those ranks being dismissed.He added that upon completion of the investigations, the Police Commissioner would be so guided as to act on advice obtained.This newspaper understands that, although still on the job, these sergeants have not been assigned to their original post.In April last, the two sergeants were detained for six days as investigators probed the alleged ‘conspiracy to commit fraud’ allegations.The sergeants were under close arrest at the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary. A source close to the investigation had told this publication that the sergeants were called in for questioning after a number of instances pertaining to irregularities in the accounting system at the GPF had been uncovered and it was suspected that the system had been compromised. He said the sergeants, who have been working with the Finance Department for a number of years, were subsequently released on open arrest.The source had related that the irregularities found concerned money and vouchers for ranks who had performed extra duties and were to receive additional payments. Among the duties some ranks were to be paid for were working at shows, cricket games and other national events.Guyana Times was told that the parents of one of the sergeants and other close relatives of the other sergeant were also called in for questioning.The source had disclosed that Police thought it necessary to keep the ranks in custody for the lengthy period they were under close arrest, as the investigations thus far had gone to a new dimension and the sum involved is to the tune of millions of dollars.“Investigations are unfolding new information. A lot of money is involved. This is all part of the investigation process. We are dealing with serious allegations here,” the source said.In the past, Police ranks had complained that they were either short-changed or not paid at all for extra duties. There are also claims by some that they had been made to sign for certain sums of money which were not given to them.“There are lots of allegations, and [they] are all being investigated. Information is being gathered right now after which charges will follow, if necessary. We are carrying a very thorough investigation, because this has been going on for quite some time, and we are leaving no stone unturned,” the source had said.Police Commissioner Leslie James had, in April last, urged ranks to desist from accepting bribes and being involved in unlawful activities, stating that those who do so would be “penalised.” The Top Cop had made these comments while addressing the opening of a training programme at the Officers’ Training Centre at Eve Leary, where he also stated that he is looking for a change in performance of ranks and fewer allegations of corruption.He had added that while the Force would be engaging particular departments to tackle the issue of corruption, if the ranks believe that their salaries are too small, they should tender their resignation.
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Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis believes Kieron Pollard is hurting the West Indies team’s morale with his lackadaisical approach and should be axed for Wednesday’s final One-Day International against Pakistan.Waqar said the big-hitting all-rounder “did not even try” as the Caribbean side slid to a 59-run defeat in pursuit of an imposing 338 for victory at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, reports CMC.Pollard entered in the 38th over with the West Indies on 194 for four and facing a required run rate of nearly 12 runs an over but displayed little aggressive intent. “His approach and the way he played in this game and in any of the T20 games, you’re destroying the morale of the team,” said Waqar on Monday, the second highest wicket-taker in Pakistan Test history with 373 scalps from 87 games.”The way he batted – he went in with 11 an over or about 12 an over required and he is known for this sort of situation. And he just went in and he hit one boundary and batted the entire time and not going anywhere.”He wasn’t there, he was not in the middle so I feel he needs a break. Whoever you want to bring in, Pollard needs a break. That’s how I feel.”Pollard has been a peripheral figure in what has been a wretched series, as the West Indies have lost all five of their games against Pakistan, spanning the three-match Twenty20 series and the ongoing two of the three-match One-Day series. (Also read: 2nd ODI: Babar Azam hits another century as Pakistan clinch series against West Indies)advertisementThe right-hander managed nine from 17 balls in the first T20 which the West Indies lost by eight wickets, scored 18 from 13 deliveries in the side’s 16-run defeat in the second game and got 16 from 12 balls in the last game which ended in an eight-wicket loss.So far in the two One-Days, Pollard has scored nine and 22 – the latter innings on Sunday requiring 29 balls and ending with him getting out in the deep in the penultimate over with the fate of the game already decided.Former West Indies batsman and captain Vivian Richards, also a television analyst for the series, agreed changes were necessary for the final One-Day, with Pollard perhaps sitting out and left-hander Jonathan Carter coming in. He also argued for Shannon Gabriel to play alongside 19-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph, who made his debut in the second One-Day.”I think that if Shannon is fit for the next match why not play the two individuals (Gabriel and Joseph). It’s a good suggestion in terms of Pollard, (he) didn’t really show up tonight (Sunday),” Richards said on Monday.” …but those particular two in that sense in the fast bowling department, it would be nice to see Shannon Gabriel back (alongside) Alzarri Joseph.”