CoP: TTPS Will Follow Advice from DPP

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CoP: TTPS Will Follow Advice from DPP

Acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob wishes to give the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, especially of Rich Plain, Diego Martin the assurance that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will adhere to the rule of law regarding the investigation into the fatal shooting of PC Clarence Gilkes.

Via a release he said the lead investigator, Snr Supt Chandool together with investigators from the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) are still actively investigating the incident.

Yesterday the Police Complaints Authority says members of the TTPS abused their power and deliberately misled the Acting Commissioner of Police after accidentally shooting one of their colleagues.

When contacted Commissioner Jacob questioned the claim and added that he believed the PCA had no right to reveal any information based on what he described as “preliminary” findings.

The release noted that on June 29th, 2022, the Acting CoP together with the Head of the

Professional Standards Bureau (PSB), Snr Supt Suzette Martin and the lead investigator Snr Supt Joseph Chandool held a meeting with Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Director, Mr David West, along with two of his investigators, where a completed investigative file was handed over to the Acting CoP.

Acting CoP Jacob then handed over the file to Snr Supt Chandool, and he was advised to continue the normal procedure of linking the evidential file with that of the PCA and to continue the investigation.

It said the Commissioner (Ag.) Jacob notes that the investigation is currently at a critical stage and when the police investigators complete their inquiry they will be required to visit the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for guidance and advice.