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Trinidad & Tobago: Know Your Rights: How cops must respond to violent crime reports

Are police officers effectively treating with reports of violent crime?

According to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has implemented measures and established new systems and structures with a view to ensuring that all police officers promptly attend to reports of violent crimes.

The issue was raised by Opposition Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial in a motion on the adjournment of the Senate, stating the need for the Government to ensure that the Police Commissioner establishes systems to guarantee that reports of violent crime are being appropriately attended to by the police and followed-up as priority matters.

She read several media reports of crime victims, including rape victims, going to police stations and not receiving a proper response.

Lutchmedial recommended that there be an electronic tracking of police reports, saying that it is not sufficient that a person makes a report to the police and it is physically recorded on some document.

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