Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Erla Christopher, has dispelled rumours purported via a social media post, which state there is a COVID-19 scare at the Police Academy.
The acting top cop gave assurances that the Police Service has continued to provide training, which she says encapsulates a double role of fulfilling the mandate for a greater human resource, while providing employment to many citizens.
“The policy of the Police Academy is to be proactive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of protecting all our internal stakeholders, in collaboration with our COVID-19 Team tasked with ensuring systematic control,” Christopher said in an official statement.
According to the Acting Commissioner, it has been a mandatory practice to isolate and test new recruits and all instructors, prior to the start of training.
“Such practice is necessary for the successful, incident-free completion of the recruit's training, as well as the protection of the lives and livelihood of staff at the institution,” Commissioner Christopher stated. “Such practise is in keeping with the organization's COVID-19 Protocols.”
She confirmed that the newest TTPS recruits were inducted on Monday 9 January 2023, and were all tested and placed into isolation, until their results are obtained.
“Thus far, there are only 4 positive results and they have been placed in further isolation with others, based on trace contact,” she reported.
“The isolated recruits are regularly monitored by EMTs on site, who communicates further with the Police Doctor,” she added.