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Fitzgerald Hinds

SHARLENE RAMPERSAD

Newly-appointed Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds warned citizens who do not abide by the newly announced COVID-19 regulations that they will “feel it in their pockets.”

He said he will meet with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to ensure special teams of police officers are deployed to ensure COVID-19 regulations are enforced.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health press conference, Hinds said he would meet with Griffith and his senior divisional heads.

“I give you the assurance that in meeting with the Commissioner and the police divisional leaders in a very short while, I will be sharing with them the requests of the team to ensure that action is taken over the next three weeks, the life of these new regulations to ensure that the laws of Trinidad and Tobago in this regard are properly followed and enforced,” he said.

Hinds said he expects special teams from each of the nine police division to monitor and enforce public compliance with all the COVID-19 regulations.

“I will be asking to report to this team on a daily basis their activity terms of the enforcement of those regulations, where people will be made to feel it in their pockets if they practice the unthinking behaviour of disregarding the security and the safety of all of us,” he said.