Police Constable Gilani Prince, of the Court and Process Branch, Port of Spain, was yesterday commended for using his initiative to part a fight involving several schoolgirls of the Mucurapo West Secondary School on March 14.
Prince, was publicly commended in a ceremony presided over by Assist Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Ramsubhag, at the ninth floor of Riverside Plaza, East Dry River, Port of Spain.
Ramsubhag commended the policeman for bravely stepping into a potentially harmful situation to “take action to preserve life, law and order”.
“His prompt and decisive action enabled these fights to be abated, and as such he must be commended (on behalf of the Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams) for his bravery, dedication and devotion of duty,” Ramsubhag said.
Ten female pupils of the Mucurapo West Secondary School have been suspended for one week for their involvement in a fight outside the school.
The fight, which was captured via a cellphone and was posted on various social media sites, including Facebook, has gone viral.
It showed a gang of about 12 pupils beating a particular girl, who was shoved to the ground, kicked and cuffed during a brawl witnessed by several other pupils and passers-by.
At one point, it appeared there was an attempt to drag the girl by the hair, which was cheered on by other pupils.
The three-and-a-half minute video also showed the pupils going through heavy traffic in pursuit of their target and it was at this point that PC Prince could be seen walking into the group, trying to part the fight as he identified himself as a police officer.
However, as he was parting the fight and taking away one of the attackers, he was repeatedly cursed by the other girls.