Body Cam. Photo/Lifewire.com
OFFICERS in special units of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be equipped with body cameras.
These units include the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Inter-Agency Task Force and Guard and Emergency Branch.
This after a meeting between National Security Minister Stuart Young and Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Young said these units would be some of the next units to be provided with body cameras by the commissioner of police and administrative arm of the Police Service.
This comes in the wake of the deaths of two suspects in the Andrea Bharatt kidnapping and murder. Andrew Morris and Joel Balcon were under police watch when they died.
The Law Association of T&T (LATT) has called for foreign investigators to have an independent probe into the deaths of Morris and Balcon.
Young ruled out any foreign probe. He said there was no justification why the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) could not carry out the investigation.
Griffith also announced on Monday that the TTPS will also launch a full-scale investigation into the deaths of the men who were under police responsibility when they died.
This will be a parallel investigation into the one that is being conducted the Police Complaints Authority.
The top cop insisted there was no cover-up.
At the press conference, Young said, “As I’ve always said as the minister of national security, it is my position that no one is above the law. There should never be a cover-up and everyone is subject to the parameters of the law.”
He said the police do not have a video recording of the arrest of Morris and asked that whoever maybe in possession of one should hand it over to the proper authorities.