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Assistant Police Commissioner Persaud dies


Assistant Police Commissioner, Balram Persaud.

Assistant Police Commissioner, Balram Persaud died Tuesday more than three weeks after he was seriously injured in a road accident.


Persaud had been heading to Georgetown on the night of Friday, February 5, 2016 when the car in which he was travelling ran off the road at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara near the Demerara Harbour Bridge.

Eyewitnesses said the driver lost control of the car resulting in the vehicle spinning several times and slamming into a utility pole.

Persaud acted as Police Commissioner whenever the substantive office holder is on leave or overseas on official business.


Assistant Commissioner Balram Persaud enlisted into the Guyana Police Force on May 05, 1984, with regulation number 12684 and was posted to ‘F’ Division following the completion of his initial training.

He had gained his early education at the Anna Regina Multilateral School and the Government Technical Institute where he earned passes at the GCE ‘O’ Level and the Ordinary Technical Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering, respectively, and through his discipline, dedication and commitment to duty rose steadily through the ranks.

He earned his first promotion to the rank of Cadet Officer in 1986 after completing the Standard Officers’ Cadet Course; Assistant Superintendent in 1987, Deputy Superintendent in 1995; Superintendent in 1998; Senior Superintendent in 2002; and Assistant Commissioner in 2008.

Assistant Commissioner Balram Persaud served in several areas within the Guyana Police Force in addition to ‘F Division. These comprise the Tactical Services Unit, Special Branch, Department of Development, Force Control and ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ Policing Divisions. He also performed duties as Staff Officer to the then Minister of Home Affairs in 1999.

During his service Assistant Commissioner Balram Persaud held command positions as Divisional Commander in ‘C’ and ‘D’ Divisions, Assistant Commissioner ‘Operations’ and finally Assistant Commissioner ‘Administration’. He also performed the duties of the Commissioner of Police on occasions during 2014 and 2015 when the substantive Commissioner was on duty and vacation leave overseas and was a representative of the Guyana Police Force on the National Commission on Law and Order.

In the course of his development into a knowledgeable and versatile Police Officer, Balram Persaud attended several overseas courses and seminars in a number of countries including St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad, and a Public Safety and Security Management Programme at the University of Guyana. He was also a member of the Guyana Police Force team at the Third Meeting of the Guyana/Brazil Joint Commission on Police Cooperation and Drug Repression which was held in Brazil in 2013.

Assistant Commissioner Balram Persaud was awarded the Police Force’s 150thand 175th Anniversary Medals and has given almost 32 years of exemplary and yeoman service to the Police Force and citizens of the country, and will be remembered by many as a very approachable and experienced Police Officer.

The Commissioner of Police, senior officers and other ranks of the Guyana Police Force express their sadness at his passing just months before his retirement, which would have been in August this year, and wish to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Assistant Commissioner Mr. Balram Persaud at this time of their bereavement.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Persaud was heading to Georgetown…

    • Danny Persaud

      Mr idiot..u sound stale..ur the Indians..

      • Emile_Mervin

        Check the mirror, fish, and that hook in your mouth is mine. I got ya hooked!

        • SYL

          Guys just cool it , other important issues to discuss like the 285 investigations with only 10 men to do so. Still cannot believe this in 2016. Leave the race issue alone. RIP commissioner and all the black, white and colored commissioners too.

          • Emile_Mervin

            I have been actively following politics since 1974. If you are new, then that explains your ignorance of the role of race in Guyana politics, even if WE don’t mention it. BTW, why do you think Rohee insinuated Balram was killed? It is the race card, pappy!

  • Emile_Mervin

    You are like Gail, quick to select a few words from others and quote them out of context. As the descendant of African and Indian ancestors, I have no interest in one race over another. And when I asked why cops were not killing Indians was to drive home the point that there were both Indian and Black criminals, yet only one race was being shot.

    Also, sugar workers protest without being shot, but a group of mostly Black PNC protesters got shot by police with pellets; a group of mostly black Lindeners protesting and three were killed by cops. A lone protestor urging Guyanese vote for the coalition was killed by thugs and among the first cop to show up was the Commander who led the police contingent to Linden during the deadly protests.

    I didn’t want to see Indians shot; I wanted an end to the police being used as political weapons in the hands of the criminally corrupt PPP, which would never condone police shooting protesting sugar workers.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Keep proving my point with another response.