Policeman accused of tipping off gangsters
Susan Mohammed South Bureau
A POLICE officer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly leaking information to gangsters.
The policeman, who is attached to the Central Police Division, was detained while on duty.
A team of police officers of the Northern Police Division also searched the officer’s home in south Trinidad and a cellphone was seized.
The Express was told that the policeman lived with his parents, was not married and has no children.
He has ten years’ service and is ranked as an acting corporal.
Yesterday, he was being kept at Belmont Police Station.
The offence of dissemination of information for personal benefit by a public officer is in contravention of Section 51 (b) of the Anti Corruption Action.
The offence carries a fine of $500,000 or ten years’ imprisonment.
Last month, in an investigative series carried in the Express and on TV6, a self-proclaimed crime boss revealed that police officers would tip off gangsters on when and where police raids would be conducted to escape arrest.
The source revealed that the policemen would give the information in exchange for cash or items.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Glen Hackett later disclosed that an investigation had been launched into the claims.