Probe into whether cops are leaking information to gangsters
...report from Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit due shortly
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THE Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit of the Police Service is investigating whether police officers are leaking information to gang leaders regarding law enforcement operations and strategies.
And a report on the status of the in investigation is expected to be handed in shortly, Assistant Commissioner of Police - Crime Glen Hackett said today.
Speaking at a police press briefing at Police Headquarters,
Hackett said that the CGIU had been tasked with authenticating
the claims of leaks.
He said that the fact that there was a relationship between the
police and criminals, was not cause for alarm, since police,
in their normal course of duties, would interact with the criminal
What would be alarming, Hackett said, was if there was collusion.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, who also spoke
at the press briefing, said that everything possible was being done
to address crime.
"Our efforts to address crime is not focused only on Laventille on environs but nationwide" he said.
Williams commended citizens for their cooperation, and asked for the media's support in addressing crime.
He said "I was actually shocked this week when a front page article of a person suspected of being a gang leader occupied the entire front page, glorifying the person to the young ones. What kind of impression in the society is created...? There are young impressionable minds who have already been impacted and would continue to be so when people who are known to be involved in certain kinds of activities and suspected to be leading gang activity are glorified by the media and the very said media complain about the situation in the country".
Williams said it takes cooperation and collaboration with the media to address the problems.