Corporal Hadeed Mohammed (left) and Mukesh Sylvester (right) were both last attached to the North Eastern Division’s Emergency Response Patrol. (Image: TTPS)

Two police officers are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with misbehaviour in public office, along with robbery.

The charges follow an  incident  involving  three  Venezuelan  nationals,  which  occurred  on 9th March 2020.

42-year-old Corporal Hadeed  Mohammed (who has 20  years’ service with the TTPS), and 26-year-old Mukesh Sylvester (who has 6 years’ service), were both last attached to the North Eastern Division’s Emergency Response Patrol.

The men were charged with the offence on Thursday 12 March, 2020, following advice received from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

According to official police reports, on Monday 9 March 2020, the victims—Venezuelan nationals—were at an apartment building in the Barataria  district, when two police officers forcibly gained entry into the premises. The officers reportedly then proceeded to rob the  victims  of  a  quantity  of  US  and  TT  currency  at  gunpoint  before escaping.

A  report  was  made  to  the  police  and  investigations  found  that  the  two police  officers  were  on  duty  at  the  time  the  alleged  offences  were committed.

They were subsequently arrested by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau  (PSB)  on  Tuesday  10 March  2020,  in  connection  with  the incident.