Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Police use of camouflage approved by Young

Members of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association sport camouflage uniforms. From left, Inspector Michael Seales, Inspector Anand Ramesar and Inspector Roger Alexander.

Members of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association sport camouflage uniforms. From left, Inspector Michael Seales, Inspector Anand Ramesar and Inspector Roger Alexander.

National Security Minister Stuart Young gave Police Commissioner Gary Griffith the green light for the use camouflage uniforms by members of the Police Service, including the Commissioner, during police operations.

The use of the digital kit, a “pixel grey” design, worn by the Commissioner and members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) has drawn as much criticism from within the Service as outside.

Griffith has said no violation of the police uniform has occurred through the use of the lookalike military apparel.

Questioned by reporters at Thursday’s Post Cabinet media briefing about the utilisation of the uniforms, Young said he gave Griffith the “stamp of approval” to proceed with the use of the uniforms.

The Minister admitted, however, that this uniform change was not published in the Gazette.

“If there is that requirement in the law for gazetting, no, that did not take place under me. The Commissioner of Police did discuss with me upon his coming into office the utilisation of certain specialist uniforms, and I gave him the full concurrence and the stamp of approval—go ahead, let’s just get the job done. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with how it is being done.”

He disagreed with concerns that the use of the uniforms suggests that there was any militarisation of the Police Service, adding that the kit was similar to what was worn members of the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB) and is the choice of specialised units overseas.

Young said the Police Service has his full support once they are operating within the parameters of the law.

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