Polygraph testing for regular police and SRPs starting next week
Polygraph testing of regular and Special Reserve Police (SRP) will commence next week. The exercise will be conducted across all divisions and will not be limited to officers assigned to stations along the South Western Peninsula. A statement by the TTPS noted that this testing forms part of transformational policing for greater accountability within the TTPS.
According to the release, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has said that while the vast majority of officers assigned to the South Western Division have been doing their jobs commendably, a few officers are permitting the entry of illegal drugs, guns and human trafficking from the mainland, making it difficult for the vast majority of hardworking police officers in that Division to be successful.
For the period January 1st to December 31st, 2018 the South Western Division recorded the fourth lowest number of serious reported crimes among all policing Divisions, with the highest overall detection rate. While for the period January 1st to June 30th, 2019, the South Western Division recorded the fourth lowest number of serious reported crimes, with the second highest overall detection rate.
The statement said polygraph testing is not an avenue to target the guilty but is used by many law enforcement agencies worldwide as a barometer to assist in ensuring there are no breaches in sensitive areas.
Commissioner Griffith recalled that every police officer was willing to be polygraphed and drug tested prior to entry into the Police Service adding that he sees no reason for an officer to be reluctant unless the officer’s ethics have changed. He said if this is so, they do not belong in the police service. The CoP added that he will be the first to be polygraphed and drug tested.
In March 2019, Griffith announced both polygraph and drug testing for police officers as a proactive approach aimed at minimizing the possibility of police officers being involved in the use of illegal drugs, which can hamper their performance and also ensure that officers do not commit actions which will cause them to be involved in any type of criminal activity.