Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Police Service ‘deeply wounded’ over discovery of body

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has been “deeply wounded” following the discovery of the body of a woman, which is believed to be that of missing woman police constable (WPC) Nyasha Joseph.
Speaking to the Express yesterday, Insp Michael Seales, head of the TTPS Social and Welfare Association, expressed condolences to the family and friends of the WPC, saying the association had “enough information” as of press time yesterday to suggest the body found was indeed that of the 22-year-old woman.
“The membership of the association has been deeply wounded with this news. This is a devastating blow to the policemen of the Morvant Police Station, in particular, and the service as a whole. The association will therefore be reaching out to members of the North Eastern Division, and we will be trying to offer whatever level of support they require,” Seales said.
He also revealed the association planned to meet with Joseph’s rela­tives today to see what kind of support they would be able to provide to the family.
“It is the first item on my agenda tomorrow (Thursday). And I want to publicly express to the family how deeply sorry we all are. This is a situation which has hit home for the TTPS. And the association will lend support in every way it can, and will give the assurance that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” Seales said.
Head of the North Eastern Division Snr Supt Surendra Sagram­singh expressed similar sentiments.
Sagramsingh told the Express he had been in ComStat meetings all day, but that he had been made aware of the discovery of the woman’s body.
“I have received information that, yes, the body of a woman was found and that, yes, it was highly possibly that it belonged to the missing WPC. So right now it’s just a question of proper policing procedures to be followed, and for the family to identity the body. Following this, the next question will be to inform staff, and provide aid as best as we can for the family,” Sagramsingh said.
“We have already put things in place, for counsellors where persons were offered requisite counselling, especially those men and women who worked the same shift as Miss Joseph before she disappeared. We have also offered the family of the WPC the same professional assistance. So it’s just a question of making contact with the social worker for that to happen.
“But, truly, today is a sad day for the division and the TTPS as a whole for something so saddening to happen to an officer,” he added.