Government to be guided by experts over pepper spray use

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Government to be guided by experts over pepper spray use

On the heels of the Commissioner of Police stating that he will like to meet with government on regulating the use of pepper spray for women, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that before he makes any decision, he would have to be guided by experts and “other considerations.”

Rowley, who was questioned Wednesday in Parliament by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on his latest stance on the matter, said he needs to be properly advised on the matter before making any final decision about its legality or regularity.

Moonilal also asked about whether government was prepared to release more funds to the TTPS to procure the non-lethal items and devices to protect citizens to which Rowley answered, “It does not matter how many millions are going to the police service, but the procurement of items not authorised by the government of Trinidad and Tobago will not be matter of discussion for purchase.”

During a press conference hosted by the TTPS on Tuesday, Griffith said while he acknowledged the prime minister’s concern about pepper spray, it could save lives and he would be making a recommendation to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to have the item regulated.