Tuesday 20 November, 2018

TTPS corrects fake news claiming women cannot be arrested after 6pm

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has clarified fake information being shared via social media which claims women cannot be arrested by male police officers between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the TTPS said that there is no law which states that women cannot be arrested between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.

"Members of the public are advised there is no law that states a woman can only be arrested between 6pm and 6am."

"In fact, the law provides that a male or female can be arrested for an offence at any time by a police officer and taken to a Police Station."

The TTPS added that claims that a woman can only be arrested by a female police officer are also false. 

"A post has been circulating on social media which seeks to mislead the public, especially women. The post also claims  a woman can only be arrested by a woman Police Officer. This is also fake," the TTPS said. 

The viral message claimed that a young girl was raped by a man posing as a plainclothes officer and said a woman can refuse to go to a police station after 6:00 pm if there is no female police officer present. 

"The law which most are not aware of, clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6 pm and 6am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL-WOMEN police station. If she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest," the viral message claimed. 

The message ends with a request for persons to share the information. 


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