Three special reserve police officers have appeared before Chief Magistrate, Marcia AyersCaesar, charged with misbehavior in public office for corruptly soliciting money from a man whom they had wrongfully accused of human trafficking, a statement by the Police Service said.
No.6656 PC Ronald Modeste, No.5516 PC Nicholas Henry and No. 5351 PC Anderson Richards were each placed on bail in the sum of $90,000, $80,000 and $60,000 respectively when they appeared in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrate Court yesterday, December 5th, 2016.
They were all attached to the Rapid Response Unit, West End Police Station, but are now suspended from duty pending the outcome of the matter.
Modeste is charged with attempting to corruptly obtain $4,500 cash; Henry is charged with misbehaviour in public office for corruptly soliciting $2,000 cash and Richards is jointly charged with misbehaviour in public office by corruptly soliciting $4,500 cash along with the other two accused.
Both Modeste and Richards were ordered by the court to present themselves to the Morvant Police Station twice weekly while Henry must report to the Four Roads Police Station.
They were also ordered by the Chief Magistrate not to make contact, in any manner either through conventional means or social media, with the complainant.
The officers were caught during a sting operation co-ordinated by ASP Ricardo Montrichard, of the Professional Standards Bureau, on November 30th, 2016, and the charge laid by Cpl. (Ag.) David Simon on Saturday 3rd December, 2016, after instructions were received from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard.
The statement said that these latest arrests and charges are consistent with the zero tolerance approach of the Commissioner of Police relative to purging the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service of rogue elements.
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