PSB questions 4 more police officers for alleged extortion

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PSB questions 4 more police officers for alleged extortion

The Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) has questioned four more police officers, in connection with a report of alleged extortion in Sangre Grande.

Nine officers were already detained and are still in custody for the matter.

The officers are attached to a specialised unit within the T&T Police Service’s Eastern Division.

Reports have noted that statements were recorded and the four were released.

The arrests came after the PSB completed their investigation into allegations from a business owner that he and other business owners were being extorted by a group of officers over some time.

The nine officers were detained last week at the Sangre Grande Police Station. Warrants of arrest were read to them by the PSB officers.

The nine arrested officers were later taken to Port-of-Spain. They are expected to be charged with misbehaviour in public office.

The T&TPS and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) began parallel probes after claims of an extortion racket involving officers were made in a social media post last month.

Other businessmen made similar allegations after the story was reported in the mainstream media.
ACP Chandoor, of PBS, is leading the investigation.