September 30, 2016

Police Force bids farewell to a courageous officer

…ACP Balram Persaud receives ceremonial sendoff

BY: DEVINA SAMAROO

Surrounded by salutes of his siblings of the Force, family members and friends, the body of Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Balram Persaud was at last cremated at Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara (WCD) following a ceremonial service at the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Sports Complex, Eve Leary, Georgetown.

ACP Balram Persaud’s widow being consoled by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan

ACP Balram Persaud’s widow being consoled by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan

President David Granger pays last respect to ACP Balram Persaud

President David Granger pays last respect to ACP Balram Persaud

In a solemn atmosphere further characterised by strong winds and an overcast sky, family and friends took turns paying tribute to a man whom they all lamented had lost his life too soon.

ACP Balram Persaud’s eldest son, Andre Devon Persaud delivers the eulogy

ACP Balram Persaud’s eldest son, Andre Devon Persaud delivers the eulogy

Tributes
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud reflected on the ACP’s successful career and his gracious relationship with other members of the GPF; altogether noting that the Force has lost a valuable asset, in an all too tragic manner – as he was approaching retirement.
ACP David Ramnarine also underscored what a diligent and courageous officer his colleague was, as he reflected on several memorable moments they shared.
He pointed out that Persaud was quite a decision-maker.
“Decision making is not easy for other people, especially when you are under challenge. I have seen many people buckle under pressure when it comes to decision making, he was never that type of person,” Ramnarine reminisced.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan a friend of the ACP, spoke about a different side of Persaud many did not know.
“He was an extraordinary character… he was a great writer and a philosopher,” Ramjattan disclosed, as he reflected on many of the engaging conversations he shared with his late buddy.
Speaking pointedly to the tearful audience, Ramjattan charged them not to mourn Persaud’s life, but rather, celebrate it as he intensely did whilst he was alive.
Another close friend Ricky Sanasie in his tribute, reflected on his most cherished moments with his “squaddie”.
“He was a good friend and a brother for 30 years. Our families became close friends, we became one family… conversation with Balram was usually a dissection of current issues, and he was never afraid to speak the truth, regardless of the consequences. He loved to be the devil’s advocate and stir up a discussion; always a probing mind… the world has lost a good person, he had a big heart, probably too big for his own,” Sanasie tearfully related.
Persaud’s first son, Andre Devon, also shared a little about his father’s personal life. He recognised that his dad was dedicated to his job, he worked tirelessly to ensure Guyana is safer and better for all Guyanese and that he will always be remembered for his selfless efforts.
Lastly, the ACP’s weeping widow Christine discovered a boost of courage and rose before the crowd to say a few words. She tearfully reflected on her last moments with her beloved husband and thanked everyone for their heartfelt support during her time of sorrow.
Journey to ACP
Persaud was born on 21 July 1961 in Colombia, Essequibo.
He 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.
Persaud joined the Force on 5 May, 1984 and was posted to ‘F’ Division following the completion of his initial training. He earned his first promotion to the rank of Cadet Officer in 1986, Assistant Superintendent in 1987, Deputy Superintendent in 1995; Superintendent in 1998; Senior Superintendent in 2002; and Assistant Commissioner in 2008.
He had the opportunity to serve in several areas including 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.
He was also awarded the Force’s 150th and 175th Anniversary Medals.
On February 23, Persaud succumbed to injuries he sustained in a car accident he was involved in at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara on February 5.

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