TTPS, significant reduction in non-appearance of officers in court cases

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    The TTPS says there has been a significant improvement in court attendance by police officers in 2020.

    This follows the publication of figures regarding the number of court cases which were dismissed in 2019 due to the non-appearance of officers.

    The figures were part of the Police Service Commission’s annual report which was laid in Parliament on October 5th.

    The TTPS says there were 270 cases dismissed for the first three quarters of 2020.

    This, it adds is a vast improvement when compared to 1,050 for the same period last year, which contributed to the total number of dismissed cases of 1,843 for 2019.

    The TTPS says in the first three quarters of 2020, 191 cases were dismissed during the period January to March, a 51% decrease from the previous year.

    Eight cases were reportedly dismissed between April to July 2020 – a 97.5% decrease from the previous year.

    And 71 cases were dismissed between July to September 2020 – a 91% decrease from the previous year.

    Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says he intends to decrease theses figures even further, by increasing the number of staff allocated to the prosecuting section, engaging the Senior Superintendents to intervene in the case of errant complainants within their respective Divisions, the institution of disciplinary procedures and assistance for complainants where needed.