ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday said that plans are afoot to establish a unit within the Police Service to eradicate rogue officers.
Speaking to TV6's Morning Edition host Hayden Blades yesterday Williams said the proposal should be presented to the Minister of National Security Jack Warner within two weeks to take to his Cabinet colleagues.
Williams said there are rogue officers in the Police Service and there is a focus to cleanse out the Police Service of its corrupt elements.
"It is a fact we have corrupt officers. It is a fact that most police services across the world have corrupt officers," Williams said adding that the worst kind of criminal is a police officer.
"The worst criminal you can find is one inside the Police Service because when you have criminals outside the service they don't have access to resources we have and information that the public would bring to us," Williams said adding that it is critical for organisations to clean up.
Concerning the level of crime in the country Williams said serious crime is on the decease, however, in the month of February, murders have increased.
He added that in the Port of Spain Division there is the highest number of murders and said the Police Service is looking at this trend and is treating with it.
He said the issue of guns coming in the country both through legal and illegal ports of entry needs to be addressed, adding that the country's borders are exposed and the authorities do not have control over them.
Williams said if the guns are controlled then the level of murders would be reduced and that is what the Police Service is looking at.
Asked about the now defunct 21st Century Policing initiative established by former commissioner of police Dwayne Gibbs, Williams said the idea was flawed.
Williams elaborated saying the notion of routine patrols in areas where crime is low to non existent was not using the resources of the police efficiently, rather there must be fixed patrols in what he termed the "hot areas".
Williams said the use of Defence Force personnel to help police must go along with the proper legal backing for the soldiers. He explained that officers needed to be protected by the laws of the land and disagreed that another State of Emergency was the answer to reduce crime.