Starting today officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will receive training in Law Enforcement Ethics. Details follow in this press release from the TTPS.
Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be receiving training in Ethics in Law Enforcement starting today at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain. The workshop was designed through the collaboration of the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).
The training session will be facilitated by Mr. Allan Meiguel and will run for four days, highlighting the issue of police brutality and the perception of law enforcement officers by the public. Ms. Denise Pitcher, Executive Director of CCHR, explained, that the goal of the programme is to increase empathy within officers by placing them in the role of victims and showing the importance of their actions.
Commissioner of Police (Ag), Mc Donald Jacob, thanked the creators of the programme and attending Officers. He expressed his gratitude for such a programme to lift the standards of police legitimacy and reinforce those points. He said, “There is always a need for officers to be reminded of their role in law enforcement. Though Police officers are given the freedom to act according to law, they need to be aware of the laws, regulations and use of force policy which guides them in ensuring the rule of law is adhered to, thereby equipping and preparing them to operate confidently when dealing with the public.”
Mr. Jacob said there is a belief that there aren’t much control measures in place to deal with police brutality, when in contrast there are. He continued, “Although there are legal measures within the service and the PCA as an independent investigative body, along with the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) which advises investigators, the use of technology and social media plays a pivotal role as a control measure for officers.” This programmed was designed for officers to get an understanding of police brutality and it will be beneficial to all attendees.
Deputy Commissioners of Police (Ag) Joanne Archie and Pamela Schullera-Hinds of the TTPS Executive were also in attendance this morning at the workshop.