Thursday 26 November, 2020

Police to crackdown on people breaching COVID-19 quarantine

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be cracking down on citizens intent on breaking quarantine protocols as the country continues to fight against COVID-19. 

In a media release today, the TTPS said that Acting Commissioner of Police, McDonald Jacob has ramped up their efforts against persons who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and who are in breach of their home quarantine order. 

The TTPS has initiated a pilot project which will be used as a guide to determine the scale of operations needed to fully implement this system. The Acting Commissioner disclosed that officers have started the process of flagging those suspected of breaching their quarantine orders. 

The special police teams will wear full personal protective equipment when they effect arrests of offenders. Otherwise, visits to verify compliance with quarantine continue to be performed by officers who wear masks and gloves, while maintaining a safe distance. 

The special teams may be accompanied by health officials for the issuance of fresh orders in certain cases. 

To date, all of the persons who tested positive for COVID-19 virus and were flagged and visited by the special teams, have been found at their quarantine location. 

Jacob is advising citizens that police officers can enter premises without a warrant, to enforce compliance with the Quarantine Act and that the TTPS is prepared to prosecute those who breach the quarantine orders to the fullest extent of the law. 

Citizens are reminded that it is an offence under the Quarantine Act to break their quarantine and doing so carries a fine of TT$6,000 or six months in prison. 

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