RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

Those who choose to make false allegations against police officers can now face up to five years imprisonment.

This was disclosed earlier today, during the Police Service media briefing by acting W/Corporal Dane-Marie Marshall of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB).

W/Corporal Marshall said that sentence increased from six months, following recent amendments to Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 10:04.

She urged members of the public who choose to make false reports against officers for whatever reason to desist, as they can and will be charged for wasting police time.

W/Corporal Marshall disclosed that for 2022 so far, the Police Service already has received over 100 complaints against officers, which she said is a clear indicator that the public do trust the Police Complaints Division to lodge complaints against police officers.

She added that last year, there were over 700 complaints made against officers.