The T&T Police Service (TTPS) has suspended all fingerprinting for Certificates of Character (COC) in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a release, the TTPS Communications Department said the ban was put in place since March 16 (last Monday) and will run for one month.

“The TTPS wishes to thank members of the public for its compliance with this measure as we collectively work to combat the spread of COVID-19,” the release said.

When applying for a COC, fingerprinting is done in order to determine whether citizens have a criminal record.

A COC is often a requirement from employers as part of job applications.

Before the ban, citizens were able to apply to any police station on any day at any time for a COC.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad