There is currently a shortfall of officers in the Central Division as 92 officers have been placed in quarantine due to COVID-19.
This revelation was by Couva South MP Rudy Indarsingh, during a police town meeting in Buccarro, Freeport, on Wednesday night.
Indarsingh said he was forced to make a call to Florence Hodge-Griffith, the ACP in charge of South and Central, when he saw no police officers at the start of last night’s meeting.
He said she informed him that absence of officers was due to the fact that 92 policemen from the Central Division were currently in quarantine.
The meeting was later attended by Sgt Dean James of the Freeport CID and ASP Manick of the Chaguanas Police Station.
Sgt James, according to a report by Guardian Media, said the Central Division had been thrown into turmoil for the past two days due to the repercussions of the disease.
He said at least six officers had tested positive for COVID and because of contact tracing, the entire staff at the Couva Police Station had to be sent on quarantine.
This, he said, was also extended to the Chaguanas station.
However, the officer assured that they have enough strength to manage any instances in the Freeport district.