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Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has ordered the immediate closure of the Arouca Police Station after an officer, with a recent travel history, developed flu-like symptoms this week.

In a release today, Griffith said the officer left the country on March 4th, without the necessary approval and knowledge and went to St Maarten. In the meantime, the officer is awaiting testing.

He returned to Trinidad on March 7th and instead of going into self-quarantine, the officer returned to work the following day. When the officer developed the flu-like symptoms, Griffith said a decision was taken to close the station as a precautionary measure, following which all officers of the Arouca Police Station were ordered to go on self-quarantine.

As a result, the CoP said the Arouca Police Station will be temporarily closed and sanitization of the premises will begin today.

Griffith said persons wishing to make reports should do so at the following police stations:

· Arima Police Station, Broadway – 667-3563

· Maloney Police Station, Flamingo Boulevard – 646-6504

· Piarco Police Station, Golden Grove Road – 669-4366

· Tunapuna Police Station, Eastern Main Road – 645-7573

The CoP has assured that following the closure, there would be increased patrols in the Arouca District.

When the Arouca Police Station is reopened, Griffith said it will be manned by police officers from other stations.