A senior police officer in Antigua and Barbuda has suggested that all serving police officers and recruits should be subjected to polygraph tests.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clayton Davis, believes polygraph tests will help rid the police force of criminals.
According to Antigua Observer, Davis has admitted that there are criminal elements in the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda.
The senior police officer noted that lawmen have been accused of and convicted for various crimes.
He expressed the view that to restore public confidence, those who run afoul of the law must be pursued and brought to justice.
Davis noted that using polygraph tests would help change the perception that lawmen are also involved in crime.
“We have tried to get a clean force, and recently, part of the application process is that you be polygraphed before you train. I would like to see the entire force is polygraphed. We haven’t reached that stage yet. That is in the making where persons who are in sensitive areas will be polygraphed. We do not have any means of looking at a person and knowing if they are criminals,” he said.
Police officers take an oath to serve and protect the public, but in recent times lawmen in Antigua and Barbuda have been accused of crimes ranging from sexual assault to rape and armed robbery.
But Davis said though members of the public believe lawmen are involved in crimes, no one has presented him with proof.
“I have yet to see anybody come to me, as head of CID, and say that ‘this person is doing this’ and to point me to whatever this person is doing. I’m not saying we have a clean force. There are persons who do funny things at times, but I can tell you [the] majority are decent,” he added.