'CERTAIN FEATURES': The new Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) identification card which was revealed to members of the media on Wednesday.

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Police to get new ID cards

By Jensen LaVende

MEMBERS of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will have as early as August 1, new police identification cards, which will look more like their national identification cards.

The card was revealed to members of the media Wednesday at the police daily press briefing by public information officer Sgt Wayne Mystar. Apart from all the standard information on the old police ID card, officers' blood type will also be placed on the card and their driver's permit classification.

Asked about the cost of outfitting the entire service with new ID cards, Mystar said the figure could not be released. He said the new ID cards will have "certain features" that will go along with the 21 Century policing initiative.

He said there will be a grace period allowed to facilitate officers who may not receive the new ID cards in time. He added the photography department of the TTPS was "mandated" to have each officer given the new ID's by August 1, adding that the department was on schedule.

When questioned about the new police uniforms that were to be on stream last year, Mystar said there was no information forthcoming on that as yet "as there are logistics" still to be worked out.

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