Cops arrest cop
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Saturday, August 10 2013
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TICKETED: His attempts to talk his way out of a ticket failed as a policewoman issued a fixed penalty to the driver of this Sports Utility Vehicle (SU...
POLICE earlier in the week arrested one of their own — an officer from the Morvant Police Station — in connection with the theft of a car. The officer was arrested by officers from the Police Service Professional Standards Bureau.
Police reported that last week a Mazda motor vehicle was stolen from its owner in St Joseph and recovered just hours later in the Barataria District, during a police exercise. The car was impounded in the yard of the Morvant Police Station. Days later, the vehicle disappeared.
The vehicle was equipped with a GPS (global positioning tracking) device and after certain enquiries were made, investigators were able to locate the missing car at a garage in Couva where it was being scrapped for parts.
Persons at the garage were detained and questioned. Based on information given by persons from the garage, officers secured an arrest warrant and subsequently detained the 36-year-old policeman.
While up to press time, no charges were laid against the officer, who remains in custody, police sources told Newsday that the investigation is proceeding at a pace and charges are forthcoming.
Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson confirmed being aware of the incident, however, he added that he was unprepared to make any public statement on the matter as it could potentially jeopardize investigations.
“I can confirm to you there was an incident at the station and it is being investigated, and that a police officer was involved in the enquiries of the investigators. That said, it would be premature to make any further statements as investigations are still being conducted right now.
“What I can say, is that the TT Police Service will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to any rogue elements in the police service, and that any officer conducting nefarious activities in the service will be flushed out and dealt with accordingly. You can be assured of that,” Richardson said.
Earlier in the year, another policeman was held following a sting operation at Woodford Square.
He was subsequently charged with several counts of fraud and misbehaviour in public office and is currently before the courts.