Thursday 27 February, 2020

TTPS warns of fake social media posts on Pollonais' kidnapping

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is warning against sharing fake social media posts concerning the recent kidnapping of Natalie Pollonais

In a statement issued Tuesday, the TTPS said it wishes to clarify that contrary to a post circulating on social media, No. 17527 Cpl. (Ag.) Rocky Gobin, is in no way involved in the police investigation into the kidnapping of Natalie Pollonais.

The TTPS said those responsible should stop sharing this immediately or face legal action.

"Members of the public are therefore urged to cease and desist from circulating or causing to be circulated on social media, statements that can be deemed defamatory in nature," the TTPS said. 

Pollonais, of Palmiste, San Fernando, was rescued by the police on Monday night after she went missing on September 6, 2018. 

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said the rescue mission was done through the collaboration of several national security agencies.

The TTPS said in an update at 4:46 pm Tuesday that three people, two of them police constables, were held in connection with the incident. 

The TTPS said the officers were arrested while on duty at the La Romain Police Post around 8:00 pm on Monday night while a third man was held around 7:30 pm when police intercepted a vehicle travelling west along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway near Aranguez. 

Police said the vehicle was being used to transport Pollonais. 

Griffith added that no ransom had been paid for Pollonais' extraction.

Griffith said although this may stir up anger toward the police service, there are thousands more who are honest police officers. 

"As much as we are angered by the very few whom may taint the image of the Service, there are thousands more who put their lives on the line on a daily basis," he said.

Griffith said citizens are within their right to request the name and regimental number of any officer they encounter as all police officers have been issued TTPS identification cards which they are required to carry with them at all times. 

Griffith added that he continues to have full confidence in the police service and officers who protect and serve with pride. 


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