Monday 16 September, 2019

Dillon: Systems in place to verify police officers

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said there is a system in place to check that persons in police uniform are authentic police officers. 

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, June 21, Dillon said there are several measures within the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) to verify that officers are legitimate.

“In keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Standing Orders, there’s a system in place with respect to uniforms worn by members of the TTPS,” he said.

Dillon said there is a kit inspection and the uniforms themselves are marked and registered to each police officer with indelible ink.

He said there are also random checks performed by supervising officers.  

He was speaking in response to an urgent question put forward by Opposition Senator Wade Mark, who asked what systems exist in the TTPS for officers to account for uniforms issued to them.

Dillon's comments come after video footage was shared online showing men in what appeared to be police uniforms attempting to rob a local Chinese supermarket.

According to police reports, the owners became suspicious as the men did not arrive in an official police vehicle and they contacted Caroni police for confirmation that the men who were present were lawful.

When they were unable to get confirmation, the proprietors refused to open the doors.

After some time, while waiting on confirmation, the suspects fled the scene.

Up to June 20, police were searching for suspects in connection with the incident. 

Police officers are required to identify themselves by their police identification card and giving their number, rank and name.

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