Friday 29 May, 2020

Finance Ministry refutes claims of shortage of TTPS funds

The Finance Ministry has issued a statement correcting a recent news article on funding for the police service, saying the information was erroneous.

In a statement, the Ministry referred to an 'inaccurate' article by Trinidad Newsday about funding for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). 

"The Ministry of Finance has taken note of an inaccurate article in today's edition (Sunday January 13th, 2019) of the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday entitled “Squeeze for Police" which erroneously alleges that since the 2018/2019 budget last year, the Ministry of Finance has only released funds to meet obligations for salaries for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)."

"This article is wholly incorrect.

"In particular, based on a December 2018 letter from the Commissioner of Police for $80 million in funding for goods and services for the Police Service, and in consultation with the Commissioner, the Ministry of Finance has so far released $20 million to the Police for equipment, materials, services and supplies. A further $20 million is scheduled to be released for this purpose within the next two weeks and a balance of $40 million in February 2019."

"The Newsday article thus has no basis in fact," the Ministry said. 

The Newsday reported on January 12, 2018, that the police service was suffering from a shortage of funds, including monies for tasers and pepper spray which Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said would be procured in the coming months. 

The newspaper spoke to a source who said the police service was having problems securing funds for everyday expenses such as fuel for police vehicles, and food for the mounted and canine branches. 

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