Monday 23 September, 2019

Dillon to receive report on spike in domestic abuse by police officers

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is yet to receive confirmation that there is a spike in reports of domestic violence from the spouses or partners of police officers.

He noted, however, that a report was being compiled by acting police commissioner Stephen Williams on the matter.

Minister Dillon addressed the issue during urgent questions in Senate on Monday when he was asked by Opposition Senator Wade Mark what urgent measures were being implemented to reduce these incidents of domestic violence being committed.

“I’m awaiting validation of this from the Commissioner of Police. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to every report of domestic violence committed by police officers. Each matter is treated with the greatest level of urgency to ensure that the matter is thoroughly investigated and the appropriate action is taken against the perpetrators,” he said.

Dillon further noted that measures are in place to provide the necessary support to the victim, while officers are trained to counsel their colleagues.

“Support, Madame President, is also provided to the victim through the Trinidad and Tobago Service Victim and Support Unit. Additionally, officers receive training to deal with domestic violence situations and over 250 officers have been trained in peer counselling as an internal support mechanism,” he stated.

While the Minister could not say when he would receive the report, he noted that one would be completed as a matter of urgency. As to whether any mechanisms were in place to monitor the phenomena given the stressful nature of the occupation of being a police officer, he said “The Commissioner of Police is treating with the matter and I’m sure he is treating with quite a degree of urgency and he will report accordingly. I don’t have a timeline, the Commissioner of Police is investigating it and he will respond accordingly.”

 

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