Police officer skips work; ends up on rape charge

"Dis­turb­ing and con­fus­ing."

This was how the Po­lice Ser­vice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent In­sp Michael Seales de­scribed the in­ci­dent in which a po­lice of­fi­cer re­port­ed­ly aban­doned du­ty, went to a club where he met a woman and sub­se­quent­ly sex­u­al­ly as­sault­ed her be­fore con­fess­ing to the crime.

The Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice­man (SRP), who is at­tached to the Guard Unit at River­side, Port-of-Spain, is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in court to­day to face charges of rape and se­ri­ous in­de­cen­cy.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, around 2.35 am on Sat­ur­day the of­fi­cer went in­to the Cou­va Po­lice Sta­tion and sur­ren­dered. The of­fi­cer al­leged­ly told of­fi­cers on du­ty that he was sup­posed to be on du­ty at the time but went to a club in the area where he met the 20-year-old woman.

The of­fi­cer al­leged­ly sub­se­quent­ly took the woman to an un­known lo­ca­tion in Cou­va where the in­ci­dent oc­curred. The woman al­so lat­er showed up at the Cou­va Po­lice Sta­tion and made a re­port, fol­low­ing which she was tak­en to the Cou­va Health Fa­cil­i­ty where she was med­ical­ly ex­am­ined.

Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, Seales, who ad­mit­ted he was shocked by the re­port, said, "When you look at what is in the pub­lic do­main and what has been re­port­ed thus far, the in­ter­est­ing part is that the of­fi­cer had to work but he ap­par­ent­ly aban­doned work and more im­por­tant­ly, he aban­doned work to go on his own fol­ly and to have fun.

"The re­sult of the fun is that now an ac­cu­sa­tion has been made and it is a very se­ri­ous ac­cu­sa­tion. But the heart of the mat­ter that re­al­ly strikes at me is when you said you aban­doned your du­ty....when he aban­doned his du­ty he ac­tu­al­ly aban­doned the ser­vices to the coun­try...that's how se­ri­ous the as­so­ci­a­tion views his ac­tions," Seales said.

He added this was on­ly one part of mat­ter as it seemed "kind of pe­cu­liar" that the of­fi­cer would read­i­ly walk in­to the sta­tion and give a con­fes­sion.

"It is some­thing strange," Seales added.

He said such acts on­ly serve to fur­ther tar­nish the im­age of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice.

"At the end of the day, it will re­quire the com­mis­sion­er to make a com­ment. But I am giv­ing the as­sur­ance that not all of­fi­cers will be­have like that. This is a per­son who made a de­ci­sion to do some­thing wrong. The as­so­ci­a­tion frowns on those mat­ters," Seales added.

- by Geisha Alonso

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