Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, met with five advocates of the Down Syndrome Family Network on Tuesday, to facilitate talks on sensitizing the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on ways to treat with members of the public who have Down Syndrome.
The visiting members are hopeful that the CoP would assist with creating awareness throughout the TTPS about the sensitivity needed from officers when treating with persons who have Down Syndrome. They also shared tips on simple measures which can be practiced by officers, such as being patient with, and asking questions of persons with Down Syndrome when interacting with them.
Commissioner Griffith admitted that he had learned much from the advocates and that the TTPS has a lot of homework to do. He expressed his intention to implement measures within the service to ensure that members of the Down Syndrome community are treated with the necessary care and sensitivity.
The Commissioner was also presented with a pair of brightly coloured socks, which he ‘rocked’ in a photo with the contingent.
The meeting was held in advance of World Down Syndrome Day which will be observed on March 21st, 2021.