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Trinidad & Tobago: 10 things to know about T&T’s Emergency Powers Regulations 2021

Government has enacted a period of public emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19, but what exactly does this mean?

Currently, the Emergency Powers Regulations 2021 (SoE) are in effect ‘during the period of public emergency’ – the current Public Health Regulations are in effect until July 4, 2021.

What are some of the powers granted to the government officials under an SoE? Here are 10 things to know:

1. Arrests without warrants, TTDF granted police powers

Under regulation 8 of the SoE, police officers may:

– arrest anyone without a warrant who ‘he reasonably suspects has acted or is acting or is about to act in a manner prejudicial to public health, public safety or to public order’. The officer may also arrest someone he reasonably suspects ‘is about to commit an offence’ under the regulations.

– The officer may use such force ‘as may appear to him to be necessary’ for the arrest or to prevent the person’s escape.

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