9 officers arrested for extortion

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9 officers arrested for extortion

Nine police officers from a specialised unit within the T&T Police Service’s Eastern Division have been arrested.

The arrests came after the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) completed their investigation into allegations from a business owner that he and other business owners were being extorted by a group of officers over some time.

The nine officers were initially detained at the Sangre Grande Police Station, where warrants of arrest were read to them by PSB officers.

They were then taken to the Port-of-Spain PSB, where they were expected to be charged with misbehaviour in public office.

In a widely shared online video last month, a person claiming to be a retired police officer and a relative of a Sangre Grande businessman alleged that police officers had been collecting “tax” from illegal whe whe operations and roulette machines in the Eastern Division, and also soliciting bribes from his relative to keep his business in operation.

The arrested officers are scheduled to appear virtually before a magistrate on Monday.