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The Toco Police Station is beset by a severe
manpower shortage and residents fear that they
are not as safe or well-protected from criminals
who might take advantage of the situation.
A source said the police station should have a
full strength of at least two corporals and six
constables on one shift and performing three
shifts a day.
At present, the police station is so chronically
understaffed it has one corporal and two con-
stables, down from eight police officers to three
on a shift.
Sources said there were SRPs available to assist,
however they are not appropriately trained.
The situation was so dire that at times there
was only one police officer manning the station
and it was difficult if not impossible to respond
to emergencies or disturbances.
Sources said the police officers were already
stretched thin having to cover an extensive area
within their jurisdiction---from Salybia to Matelot---
as they had to perform duties which entailed
patrols, responding to distress calls, dealing with
reports, attending court, praedial larceny cases,
illegal drugs, break-ins, woundings, shootings,
domestic violence and sexual offences.
Of grave concern was that criminals were
migrating from the designated hot spots and
bringing their nefarious activities to the rural
CoP, Griffith unaware
When acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams was contacted by the Sunday Guardian
yesterday, he said he could comment on the matter
as he hadn t been apprised of what was going on
in the Toco Police Station as yet.
Williams said he will respond, but first had to
find out from the officers about the situation.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith said
there was a chain of command to be followed
and that CoP Williams was the person to speak
to get any documentation to verify what was tak-
ing place in the Toco Police Station.
Griffith said the report also hasn t reached him,
so he was not in a position to comment on it.
He, however, said, he was looking forward to
getting as much information from all sources as
possible to deal with the matter more effectively.
CHARLES KONG SOO
Commandant of the Special
Reserve Police (SRP) Snr Supt
Glendor Thomas says tattoos
make police officers targets.
He said while officers entering
the T&T Police Service are pro-
hibited from having visible tat-
toos, that should not discourage
potential recruits from answer-
ing the call of duty to serve in
an elite organisation.
He was speaking at the SRP
recruitment exercise at Mucu-
rapo Secondary School, Mucu-
rapo Road, St James, yesterday.
Thomas said, "When you re
successful in joining the service,
that means you will have passed
the exam, [been] vetted, do a
period of training, passed out
and placed in uniform.
"It s basically a short-sleeved
uniform, unless you re placed
in certain police units, and the
reason that we don t want tat-
toos is because of the visibility:
You become a marked man.
"Sometimes a police officer
is undercover and can withhold
his name, rank and serial num-
ber---but he can be identified by
his dragon or snake tattoo on
his hand; that s why we specify
no visible tattoos."
He said if a recruit s tattoo
was on his back or upper arm,
it was permissible once it was
covered, but visible tattoos were
Thomas said over 10,000
males showed up for yesterday s
screening, compared to over
40,000-plus male and female
candidates in 2012.
The police sergeant ordered
the men to roll up their sleeves
in order to see the area from
their elbows to their shoulder
blades; he ordered those with
tattoos to go to the left.
He said if they tried to conceal
their tattoos with powder or
make-up, they would be dis-
Thomas said many citizens
may wish to join one of the
armed forces---either the police,
army or coast guard.
He said the police service was
a unique, elite organisation, and
there were opportunities for
upward mobility in the ranks.
Someone could join as a con-
stable and aspire to be a com-
missioner of police, he said.
He said SRP recruits, with
five passes, can rise to join the
regular police force and have
many opportunities available to
SRPs told tattoos
make them targets
drive at the
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