Police officers who opt not to take the polygraph test or those who fail it will be reassigned.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said yesterday that while there is no disciplinary action attached to taking the polygraph test he has the authority to take some kind of action.
“It is my right to pinpoint and target where police officers are to be stationed. So if you fail, if you do not want to be polygraphed I can easily remove those individuals,” Griffith said after he addressed residents of the St Mary’s Children’s Home in Tacarigua yesterday at their Career Day titled Connection To Your Future.
Griffith said, “If you do not want to it is fine but nothing gives the God-given right to be in the Southwestern division.”
Responding to concerns raised by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association, Griffith assured that apart from possibly being moved from specific stations, no disciplinary action can be taken against officers.
“Yes, we spoke with them about it. We spoke at length, I think that their concern which I understood they wanted to ensure that there was no situation where disciplinary action will be taken against police officers. This is not about witch-hunting, it is not to discipline,” the Commissioner assured.
He said any such disciplinary attachment to the testing would have to come through a legislative change.
“If the near future there could be such action being taken that has to be done through the state where the politicians will decide and make it law,” said Griffith, who said officers should be encouraged to do the test.
Polygraph tests are set to begin next week and Commissioner Griffith has already indicated that he would be the first to do the test.
- by Peter Christopher