Bernard Kerik to get Guyana contract

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 27, 2007 – Former New York police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, is set to be officially contracted by the Guyana government from February 1 to help in the country’s fight against crime.

That’s the word from Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo. “We are looking to contract Mr. Kerik from February 1 to provide general advisory services to the President and the Minister of Home Affairs,” Jagdeo said prior to his departure for Russia yesterday.

Kerik, according to the President, is being appointed to assist with the country’s security reform program. Kerik contract will be for one-year and renewable, added Jagdeo. The cost of the contract was not revealed.

“He will be placed on a retainer, so if we hire him to perform other kinds of duties to the police force, he will be paid separately for those issues, and if he has to come in under the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) program, he would have to follow the bidding process for the IDB program,” the President explained.

The Head of State had indicated last year, prior to the general election, that Kerik would be one of the persons expected to work with the Guyana Government during the reform process along with the Scottish Police and the British Government. He also met with Kerik in August, 2006 and during the meeting, Kerik had pointed to the need for the entire criminal justice system in Guyana to be assessed. (Copyright