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Image supllied by the TTPS shows a police officer on duty without a mask

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has directed that a police officer be issued with a ticket for breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations by not wearing a mask in public.

The officer, who works at the Port-of-Spain CID, was on duty in downtown Port-of-Spain Friday with other officers and was seen not wearing a mask.

“We are here to lead by example. We are here to ensure that everyone adheres to the regulations. We cannot be seen breaching the said regulations,” Griffith said

The Commissioner has also asked for a report as to why the police officer was brandishing a sophisticated weapon in public without the Police insignia on his clothing.

“There is a reason why persons are not allowed in the bars because you are trying to avoid close proximity to other persons. But if 50 persons are not allowed in a bar but the 50 persons instead go outside on the pavement, it poses a greater risk and health factor to you and others because you are now converging in a much tighter space than in the bar,” he said.

“The law was made to stop people from being in the bar, but by you going on the outside, is making it even worse.

“It gives me no pleasure to try to enforce these laws and to cause persons to lose $1,000. So all I ask persons is just to adhere to the regulations. I am going to intensify it. It will include a 180 about turn to what took place at the beaches last weekend. I have comprehensive operational plans throughout the beaches, especially at Maracas where I was informed that persons were coming out of the water and sitting on the beach without masks.

“Persons would be given tickets. If they say that it is too hot, that unfortunately is not going to be an excuse to be used, then you should stay at home. Persons who are not in the water will be given tickets if they are on the beach without their masks.”