New unit for Police Service to address crimes against children

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 00:00

National Security Minister Brigadier (Ret) Edmund Dillon has announced the creation of a Child Protection Unit in the Police Service and the Attorney General says his Ministry will back it up with proper legislation. 

Addressing today's post-Cabinet media conference, Minister Dillon noted that in recent times there has been an increase in incidences of crime against children.

He said that against that background, the Commissioner of Police felt that a dedicated and focused entity within the Police Service was necessary to deal with crimes committed against children.

It will be led at the head by a Superintendent, two Assistant Superintendents and 10 Inspectors and will comprise as many as 18 Sergeants.

The Minister said the entity will be spread across the eight police divisions in Trinidad and the one in Tobago.

He said officers appointed to this unit will be properly trained to deal with all incidences of crimes against children.

He said the unit will be sourced by officers who have "a certain type of temperament, education and affinity to treating with children".

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi backed up the Minister, saying that law relating to the protection of children will be strengthened and enforced.

He says officers will be given specialist training in the laws and psychometric testing.