Even with over 4,000 active cases of Covid-19, and 1,432 deaths, there still exists sectors of the police service (TTPS) who are hesitant over taking vaccines.

Several officers reached out to the Express this week to indicate the reasons they are fearful.

“It’s not a matter of politics or any anti-science for me. It’s a matter of research. I’m not saying won’t ever take the vaccine. I just want the research to be done. Right now it’s an ongoing process. And while the short term, it does seem to preserve life for the most part, we really don’t know what the long-term effects are. And it’s that simple for me. Till then I’m masking up when I’m outside and sanitizing everything. But the research isn’t complete in my eyes, so I don’t want to risk my life,” PC Ali explained.

Other officers, who did not wish to be named, noted that for as long it was not a legal mandate to take the vaccine, they would not be doing so.

When the Express reached out to the TTPS, it was noted that the service is currently undertaking an ‘audit’ of sorts to determine how many of its members have taken the vaccine.

President of the TTPS Social and Welfare Association Gideon Dickson told the Express that, while he appreciated the concerns of some of the officers, he was still calling on them to do the proper research, and to be vaccinated.

“To those who say that it is their choice. As the law currently sits, yes. It is their choice. And we cannot force you to take the vaccine. And there can’t be any real punitive measures taken against you yet. However, that being said, I will call on those persons to reconsider their position. I’m not forcing them to change their mind, but rather, to do the proper research from actual scientific and accredited sites, and not just the bits and pieces you would see from social media. And I am saying this as a man who is vaccinated himself, who did the research, and I believed that it was best for me and my family. That’s all I can do at this point, call on you to do similarly, and to make the choice that is best for you and those around you,” Dickson explained.


Spending by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on contracts, fees and development programmes for the period 2016-2022 shows a significant increase during the past three years.

Contract employment in 2016 stood at $1,658,925; in 2017 it was $57,330,076; 2018 saw a dip by $3 million to $54,106,522.

Fourteen days.

That is the length of time residents of San Francique, Penal, are giving the Government to respond to their cries for better roads, pipe-borne water and for dealing with flooding.

Or the State will face major protest action.

The residents staged a placard protest at Pluck Road yesterday, calling on Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan to commence work on a landslide they say is threatening their homes and livelihoods.

Even though he was one of the hostages held and beaten during the attempted coup staged by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in July 1990, former minister Selby Wilson says he takes no pleasure in Jamaat leader Yasin Abu Bakr’s death.

A PRISON officer with 12 years’ service was arrested by police on Friday night after he was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle contraband items into the Maximum Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca.

The items were found concealed in the officer’s bullet-proof vest after it was examined by his colleagues and officers of the Arouca Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

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