Public Safety Minister Steadroy Benjamin said the government will establish an independent body to address complaints against police officers.
“I want to put the police on notice,” he said in Parliament on Thursday.
He was at time moving the Legal Profession Amendment Bill 2021, which among other things extended the number of members that sit on the Disciplinary Committee that deals with complaints against attorneys-at-law.
“We intend to come back to parliament shortly to set up an independent body, outside of the police to whom complaints can be made against police officers”, the Public Safety Minister revealed.
He explained the body “will be made up of independent persons outside the police force so people cannot get the impression that police are investigating police. It must be an independent body in whom people can have faith and trust.”
Benjamin’s comments came a day after an incident in Browne’s Avenue, in which a man claimed he was shot at by a high-ranking police officer.
Police spokesman Inspector Frankie Thomas reportedly said the force had an internal investigation board comprised of senior officers.
He was quoted saying, “Anyone with a concern or who feels they have a need to make a complaint against an officer would take it there.”
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