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PSB probes police SUV submerged on Cedros beachfront

Published: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt

As the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) begins an investigation into how a police SUV became trapped on the shore of a Cedros beach last Saturday, sources say that the incident is bigger than what is being reported.

Corporate communications managers of the Police Service Ellen Lewis confirmed yesterday that the PSB has launched an investigation into the vehicle being stuck on the beach.

“There is an investigating by Professional Standards Bureaus into the incident that happened last Saturday at 9.30 in the morning. I can’t tell you the state of the investigation, but someone has to account for their presence there so an investigation was launched and it will reveal the answers,” Lewis said.

The T&T Guardian understands two police constables from the Santa Flora CID and Point Fortin Police Station were questioned by South Western Division seniors over the weekend and yesterday.

It was alleged that the officers were conducting surveillance on either drug or contraband smuggling on the shoreline of one of the country’s known drug ports.

However, sources said one of the officers was off duty and someone from the Point Fortin Police Station must have given the police constable instructions to leave the station, especially with a marked police vehicle to venture into another policing district.

Sources also said that after the vehicle became stuck, there were attempts to use a wrecker and a truck to pull the vehicle out and it was only when those efforts failed, it was reported to senior officers.

Just last month, an acting Corporal attached to the South Western Division was under investigation for allegedly assisting in the escape of four smugglers and removing goods believed to be guns and marijuana from the smugglers’ vehicle after it was abandoned as the police chased the smugglers.

Two years ago, there was an investigation at the Santa Flora Police Station into how drugs that were seized in a raid went missing.

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