Police Association seeking legal advice to challenge new polygraph testing bill

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Police Association seeking legal advice to challenge new polygraph testing bill

The recently passed Miscellaneous Provisions (Testing and Identification) Bill is likely to be challenged by the TT Police Social and Welfare Association.

President of the Association, ASP Gideon Dickson, says the association may seek legal advice to challenge the passage.

The bill, which was passed last Friday with the support of the Opposition, will provide a regulatory framework for polygraphing, drug testing and the collection of biometric information for members of the protective services and certain offices in the Judicial and Legal Service, the civil service, and the Financial Intelligence Unit.  

Dickson said while both sides of the political divide came together to pass the legislation, he took note that the police association was not consulted on the intended law.

Dickson, according to a GML report, said it seems the police are being targeted while being the sole entity charged with addressing the two most serious things affecting the country—crime and corruption.

He said: “Now you have brought legislation that speaks to a pseudo-science. To make it abundantly clear, it is a pseudo-science. You will want to call upon the same officers who are charged with investigating crimes to submit themselves to a pseudo-science that has not been proven to be 100 per cent accurate.”.

He asked if polygraphing is as useful as some claimed, then it should be used by every sector in society to weed out those with ill intent.

Dickson added that criminals, when being interviewed, should be polygraphed as well.  

“Why is it our politicians are not subjected to it? Why is it our magistracy is not subjected to it? Why is it our judicial system is not subjected to it? Why is it our doctors are subjected to it? Why is it always an intent to target the police?” he asked.  

Dickson said the court may be the only solution to the issue.