Acting Commissioner of Police, McDonald Jacob is advising that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has ramped up its efforts against persons who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and who are in breach of their home quarantine order.
The TTPS has initiated a pilot project which will be used as a guide to determine the scale of operations needed to fully implement this system. The Acting CoP disclosed that officers have started the process of flagging persons who are suspected of breaching their quarantine orders.
The special police teams will wear full personal protective equipment when they effect arrests of offenders. Otherwise, visits to verify compliance with quarantine continue to be performed by officers who wear masks and gloves, while maintaining a safe distance. The special teams may be accompanied by health officials for the issuance of fresh orders in certain cases.
To date, all of the persons who tested positive for Covid-19 virus and were flagged and visited by the special teams, have been found at their quarantine location.
The Acting CoP advises citizens that police officers can enter premises without a warrant, to enforce compliance with the Quarantine Act and that the TTPS is prepared to prosecute those who breach the quarantine orders to the fullest extent of the law.
Citizens are reminded that it is an offence under the Quarantine Act to break their quarantine and doing so carries a fine of TT$6,000 or six months in prison.
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2 It is also an offence to give false information to an official acting under the authority of the Act.