POLICE OFFICERS NEED TO SET BETTER EXAMPLES
Member of the Police Service Commission Attorney Martin George feels the Acting Commissioner of Police will send a very good message to the nation if and when ACP Peter Reyes is officially charged for allegedly breaching airline regulations while on board a CAL flight last month.
Speaking on Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, Mr. George said it is important that action against rogue officers is taken.
“If the police officers are not setting the example, then obviously he needs to do these things to ensure that the public feels that police officers are not going to be off on a frolic of their own whenever they feel like and do things which will endanger the public or which are a disgrace to the uniform and Service in general.”
Mr. George said people who hold positions of authority should never feel they are above the law, especially when it comes to an aircraft.
“On an aircraft, the pilot, the captain, is ultimately in charge and then the purser, the stewardesses. You have to follow their instruction. That’s the protocol. So it does not matter what your rank in life is, once you are there, you are subject to their role and their supervision and you need to comply with them.”
The PSC Member also called for continuous training for police officers.
“The initial six months training that you get years ago, that cannot be enough. You need to have continuous retraining in several different areas.”
Mr. George said if ACP Reyes is in fact charged, he may be interdicted from duty and receive less pay. If he’s convicted, he will have to be terminated from his job.