Trinidad Act­ing PC Says Force Tar­nished By Rogue Cops

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Stephen Wil­liams says the rep­u­ta­tion of the po­lice force has been tar­nished by re­cent in­ci­dents in which cops have been ac­cused of com­mit­ting crimes.

At the weekly po­lice press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, Wil­liams promised to root out the rouge of­fi­cers and called on the pub­lic to keep the faith in the Trinidad and Tobago Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS).

“To­day I want to give the pub­lic the as­sur­ance that the TTPS is staffed with a ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cers who are hon­est, law abid­ing and com­mit­ted to ful­fill­ing their obli­ga­tions and oath in the no­ble pro­fes­sion of polic­ing.

Wil­liams also sought to as­sure the pub­lic that all al­le­ga­tions made against po­lice of­fi­cers are treated se­ri­ously and those ac­cused are not give fa­vor­able treat­ment.

“The TTPS will take a tough ap­proach to any crim­i­nal con­duct which is al­leged against any po­lice of­fi­cer. The pub­lic is vest­ing trust in the TTPS and we must do noth­ing to un­der­mine this. Clear de­ci­sive and timely ac­tion will be taken in ev­ery case to re­move what we can de­scribe as the rogue el­e­ment from the Po­lice Ser­vice,” Wil­liams said.

In a press re­lease is­sued fol­low­ing the brief­ing, the act­ing Po­lice chief said that since 2012, 150 of­fi­cers, vary­ing in rank from con­sta­ble to As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP), had been sus­pended by the TTPS af­ter be­ing charged with crim­i­nal of­fences, in­clud­ing mur­der, mis­be­hav­ior in pub­lic of­fice, per­vert­ing the course of pub­lic jus­tice, sedi­tion, as­sault and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Mean­while, with the mur­der toll now over 400 for the year, leader of the main op­po­si­tion United Na­tional Congress (UNC), Kamla Per­sad-Bisses­sar had crit­i­cized the gov­ern­ing Peo­ple’s Na­tional Move­ment (PNM) for not clamp­ing down on crime.

Ad­dress­ing a lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion cam­paign ear­lier this week, Per­sad Bisses­sar said that while in op­po­si­tion, the PNM had so­lu­tions to tackle crime.

“They would hold press con­fer­ences say­ing they could solve all the prob­lems in the coun­try in­clud­ing crime. Now they are in power they can­not solve crime,” Per­sad-Bisses­sar said, adding that mur­ders have left or­di­nary cit­i­zens in fear for their lives.

She said cit­i­zens could ex­press their dis­ap­proval of the govern­ment’s per­for­mance by vot­ing against the PNM in the Novem­ber 28 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion.

Source: CMC

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Stephen Wil­liams sought to as­sure the pub­lic that al­le­ga­tions against of­fi­cers are treated se­ri­ously. Photo cred­its: TrnidadEx­press

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