Statistics from the Court and Process Branch of the Police Service have shown there were 1,800 cases in 2019 alone where police officers failed to show up for court and 340 cases in 2020.
In an article carried in the Trinidad Guardian, Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, reportedly said he has been working on getting officers to abide by their duties since he assumed office.
Commissioner Griffith reportedly said in 2020, there was an 80% overall improvement in the number of police officers who showed up to court.
He added that the officers are being made to account for their absenteeism and will be disciplined if their excuses are not valid.
Commissioner Griffith reportedly said the Police Service has also started appointing substitute complainants to replace primary complainants if they are unable to attend court, so the matter can continue without delay.