Monday 23 November, 2020

CoP orders 1,000 body cameras

File photo: Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

File photo: Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has announced that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has ordered 1,000 body cameras.

Griffith made the announcement while speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

It followed an earlier announcement by Griffith that the police officers whose weapons were discharged during the shooting incident in Morvant will no longer be on active duty.

He said the body cameras would improve public confidence and trust in the TTPS.

"Never before we had the use of body cameras. Now there have been 180 body cameras fully operational. It is costly. I will take this opportunity now to make it official that I have ordered 1,000 body cameras. I have found some avenue to see how I could change my budget because this is a matter that must be dealt with."

Griffith added that the body cameras will be mandatory.

"These body cameras will be issued to all police officers in the task force, especially in the five major divisions as soon as we acquire it. The body cameras will be mandatory. It will be placed in regulations to ensure that any police officer that will come out on a patrol he must immediately switch it on."

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