PSB charged 18 police officers in 2021 – Trinidad & Tobago

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PSB charged 18 police officers in 2021 – Trinidad & Tobago

Last year, 18 police officers were charged by the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) for a variety of criminal offences from allegations made against them.

This was confirmed by W-Cpl Dane-Marie Marshall of the PSB during a news conference yesterday at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

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W/Insp Leslie Ann Aguilleria-Homer of the PSB was also present at the news conference.

Marshall noted that the 18 officers charged were out of a total number of 124 reports the PSB received that year. However, she explained that while this number may seem low on the surface, several issues factored into it, including that 14 matters had been sent to the PSB for disciplinary action.

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Those 14 cases had not met the threshold for criminal liability, but there was enough evidence of wrongdoing for the PSB to take over, she said. Furthermore, she noted that other cases required forensic evidence to be secured and examined, which took time, and in several others, the matters were not pursued after being reported, as the allegations were there but there was no direct evidence.

The Express was later informed that in 2018, there were 82 officers under investigation; in 2019, there were 90; in 2020, 124; and in 2021—133.

From these investigations, evidence was found for criminal intent for 19 officers in 2018; 23 officers in 2019; 16 officers in 2020; and 18 officers in 2021.

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Most of the charges laid against officers were for misbehaviour in public office; corruption under the prevention of corruption act (bribe taking); and perversion of the course of public justice. The PSB was established on July 15, 2011, and operationalised the following year. It’s a class one specialist section of the Police Service (TTPS), and was developed to ensure the organisation was transparent and accountable in all operations and activities to engender public trust and confidence.

18 cops charged in 2021  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers

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