Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has given instructions that police officers, whether in uniform or not, must wear masks in public.
Deputy Commissioner Milton Desir made the disclosure Tuesday.
He spoke against the backdrop of reports that an officer in Trinidad and Tobago was arrested for not wearing a mask in public as part of COVID-19 protocols.
“For example a police officer on patrol may see an officer who is at the same rank with him and based on our standing orders, you would need to be of a rank above that individual where you have to report him,” Desir told reporters.
“We have the system in place where the officer could report to the Commissioner that ‘X’ person is not wearing a mask and we could take disciplinary action,” he explained.
He expressed the view that there has been an increase in the number of police officers in both uniform and civilian clothing wearing masks in public.
“I think we need to continue doing it to set the example, because we cannot be going out there telling people ‘Wear your mask – keep your distance’ and we are not doing the same,” the Deputy Police Commissioner declared.
Headline photo caption: Milton Desir