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Act
7 of 2006
Amended by
13 of 2007
*2 of 2012
11 of 2014

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POLICE SERVICE ACT
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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
Page

Police Service Regulations (LN 145/2007) … … … … 51
Police Service (Recruitment of Special Reserve Police) Regulations
(LN 175/2008) … … … … … … … 173

Note on Subsidiary Legislation
For Resolution affirming the Police Service Regulations (LN 145/2007) See LN 111/2007.

Note on Omission
The Commissioner of Police (Extension of Service) Order (LN 251/2007) made under
section 75(a) of the Act has been omitted.

Note on Act No. 2 of 2012
Act No. 2 of 2012 introduced section 8A. The Provisions of this section took effect from
1st October 2010.

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CHAPTER 15:01

POLICE SERVICE ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION
PART I

PRELIMINARY
1. Short title.
2. Commencement.
3. Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND STRUCTURE OF

THE POLICE SERVICE
4. Establishment of the Police Service.
5. President authorised to issue arms to the Police Service.
6. Classification of offices.
7. Divisions of the Police Service.
8. Remuneration Order.
8A. Duty allowance.
9. Increment.

PART III
APPOINTMENT OF TRAINEES

10. Application to be trainee.
11. Qualification for trainee.
12. Appointment and control of trainee.
13. Dismissal of trainee.
14. Regulations for trainee.
15. Successful trainee.

PART IV
APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION OF

POLICE OFFICERS
16. Appointment on promotion to First and Second Divisions.
17. Promotions to and within the First Division.
17A. Promotional assessment process.

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS—Continued
SECTION
18. Promotion Advisory Board.
19. Functions of the Board.
20. Promotion in Second Division.
21. Appointment or promotion on probation.
22. Contract officers.

PART V
DISCIPLINE

23. Disciplinary powers.

PART VI
DUTIES OF THE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT IN

RELATION TO THE POLICE SERVICE
24. Powers and duties.
25. Consultation with appropriate recognised association.
26. Where no agreement reached after consultation.
27. Submission of proposals to appropriate recognised association

for approval.
28. Agreement to be recorded and signed.
29. Personnel Department subject to Minister of Finance under this Part.
30. Dispute to be referred to Special Tribunal.
31. Special Tribunal power of award.
32. Award to be binding on parties for fixed period.

PART VII
POLICE SERVICE ASSOCIATIONS

33. Prohibition against membership of trade union.
34. Representation of police officers.
35. Regulations governing recognition.
36. Appropriate recognised association to make rules.
37. Complaints by members of appropriate recognised association.
38. Recognised police associations.

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SECTION
PART VIII

GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS OF
MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE

39. Police officer voting.
40. Police officer and political activities.
41. Public statements by police officer on certain matters.
42. Certain police officers to be Justices.
43. Every police officer to be a constable.
44. General power of police officer.
45. General duties of police officer.
46. Power to arrest without a warrant.
47. Power to arrest without having warrant in possession.
48. Execution of warrant or order.
49. Action against police officer for acting on warrant or order.
50. Power to take measurement or photograph.
50A. Taking of fingerprint impression.
50B. Retaking of fingerprint impression.
50C. Taking fingerprint impression of certain persons at ports of entry.
50D. Notice to attend for fingerprinting.
50E. Taking of fingerprint impression from child or incapable person.
50F. Reasonable force to take and protect measurement, photograph or

fingerprint impression.
50G. Refusing to give measurement, photograph or fingerprint impression.
50H. Resisting or obstructing police officer in the exercise of his functions.
50I. Volunteering to give a fingerprint impression.
50J. Retention of fingerprint impression.
50K. National Fingerprint Database.
50L. Mutual legal assistance.
51. Certificate of character.
52. Analysis of fingerprint impression.
53. Punishment for serious offence.
54. Public property not to be used privately.
55. Delivery up of article supplied on leaving the Police Service.
56. Improper possession of article supplied to police officer.
57. Delivery up of article supplied to deceased police officer.

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS—Continued
SECTION

58. Unclaimed article.
59. Assault, etc., on police officer.
60. Refusing to assist police officer assaulted.
61. Harbouring police officer.
62. Impersonation of police officer or wearing police uniform, etc.
63. Obtaining admission into the Police Service by fraud.
64. Right to prosecute police cases.
65. Award Fund.
66. Awards Board.
67. Granting of special award.
68. Fines and bribes to be payable to the Fund.
69. Account to be kept.

PART IX
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

70. Sale of liquor in Canteens and Messes.
71. Police Station to be lock-up.
72. Police officer to take oath of office.
72A. Fingerprint database.
73. Mode of leaving service.
74. Age of retirement for police officer.
75. Extension of service.
76. Grant of three months salary to next of kin of deceased police officer.
77. Payment of arrears of salary or pension without production of

probate or letters of administration.
78. Regulations.
79. Savings.
80. Repeal.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.
THIRD SCHEDULE.
FOURTH SCHEDULE.
FIFTH SCHEDULE.
SIXTH SCHEDULE.

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7 of 2006.

Short title.

Commencement.
239/2007.

Interpretation.
[11 of 2014].

CHAPTER 15:01

POLICE SERVICE ACT

An Act to consolidate, amend and revise the law relating to
the Police Service, to ensure efficient and transparent
management of the Service and to provide that the
principles of equity and meritocracy shall be applied at
all times and for other related matters.

*[ASSENTED TO 13TH APRIL 2006]
PART I

PRELIMINARY
1. This Act may be cited as the Police Service Act.

2. This Act came into operation on 1st January 2007.

3. In this Act—
“accused” means a person who is charged with an offence;
“allowance” means compensation payable—
(a) in respect of a grade or in respect of some office

in a grade, by reason of duties of a special nature;
(b) for duties that a police officer is required to

perform in addition to the duties of his grade
where those duties relate to an office in the same
grade or a higher grade; or

(c) for contingencies associated with the
performance of his functions as a police
officer and not taken into consideration in
fixing his pay;

“appropriate recognised association” means an association
recognised by the Minister of Finance under section 34 as
the bargaining body for any rank of police officers;

*See section 2 for date of commencement.

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“Board” means the Promotion Advisory Board established
under section 18;

“classification” means the assignment of an office to a grade;
“cohabitant” means—
(a) in relation to a man, a woman who has been

living with or has lived together with him in a
bona fide domestic relationship for a period of
not less than five years immediately preceding
the date of his death; or

(b) in relation to a woman, a man who has been
living with or has lived together with her in a
bona fide domestic relationship for a period of
not less than five years immediately preceding
the date of her death,

but only one such relationship shall be taken into account
for the purpose of this Act;

“Commission” means the Police Service Commission established
under section 122(1) of the Constitution;

“Commissioner” or “Deputy Commissioner” means the person
appointed to the office of the Commissioner of Police or
Deputy Commissioner of Police respectively, in
accordance with section 123(1)(a) of the Constitution;

“detainee” means a person who has been arrested by the police in
connection with a criminal offence;

“dispute” means any matter in respect of police officers upon
which agreement has not been reached between the
Personnel Department and the appropriate police
association and which has been reported to the Minister
under section 26 or 27;

“exonerated”, in relation to a person, means—
(a) a person who has been found not guilty by a

Court at trial in relation to a particular offence;
(b) a person who was charged with an offence and

had his charges dismissed in relation to that
particular offence; or

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(c) a person who has been otherwise discharged
from criminal liability in relation to a particular
offence;

“former Act” means the Police Service Act repealed by this Act;
“grade” includes a range given in the classification of offices set

out in the Third Schedule;
“intoxicating liquor” means spirits, wine or beer, or any liquor being

a mixture, beverage or preparation containing the same;
“judicial officer” means a Judge, Magistrate or Justice;
“Minister” means the Minister to whom the responsibility for

national security is assigned;
“National Fingerprint Database” means the database established

under section 50K(1);
“office” means an office in the Police Service assigned to

a grade;
“pay” means the rate of pay assigned to an office in a grade by a

Remuneration Order, but does not include the allowances;
“pensionable emoluments” in respect of the Police Service,

means pay and personal allowance;
“Personnel Department” means the Personnel Department

established under the Civil Service Act;
“police officer” means a person who is appointed to perform the

duties of an office in the Police Service;
“Police Service” means the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

established by section 4;
“prescribed” means as prescribed in the Regulations;
“Regulations” means the Regulations made under this Act;
“remuneration” means pay and allowances;
“Special Tribunal” means the Special Tribunal established by

section 21(1) of the Civil Service Act;
“spouse” includes a cohabitant;
“trainee” means a person who is undergoing initial training with

a view to becoming a police officer.

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PART II

ESTABLISHMENT AND STRUCTURE OF THE
POLICE SERVICE

4. (1) The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is hereby
established and is constituted of the public offices set out in the
Third Schedule, together with the offices of the Commissioner
and Deputy Commissioner of Police mentioned in section 123(1)
of the Constitution.
(2) Every person who immediately before the
commencement of this Act held or was acting in an office in the
Police Service constituted under the former Act shall, as from the
commencement of this Act, continue to hold or act in the like
office in the Police Service constituted under subsection (1), by
whatever title called.
(3) A reference to the Police Service or to any member
thereof in any written law in force immediately before the
commencement of this Act shall, as from the commencement of
this Act, be read and construed as a reference to the Police
Service constituted by this Act or to a member thereof.

5. The President may issue arms and ammunition to the
Police Service, and any member thereof may carry and use the
same for lawful purposes.

6. (1) The President may, by Order, amend the
classification of offices set out in the Third Schedule.
(2) The classification of offices set out in the Third
Schedule shall be the basis for any classification Order made
under this section.
(3) The classification of offices set out in the Third
Schedule shall be observed in all records and communications
of the Commission, Commissioner, Auditor General, Treasury
and in all departmental estimates and parliamentary returns
and appropriations.

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Establishment
of the Police
Service.
[13 of 2007].
Third Schedule.

Ch. 1:01.

President
authorised to
issue arms to
the Police
Service.

Classification
of offices.
Third Schedule.

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Divisions of the
Police Service.

First Schedule.

Second
Schedule.

Remuneration
Order.

Duty allowance.
[2 of 2012].

Increment.

7. (1) The Police Service shall consist of two Divisions,
that is to say—
(a) the First Division; and
(b) the Second Division.
(2) The First Division shall be the offices specified in
the First Schedule and include such other offices as the President
may, by Order, determine.
(3) The Second Division shall be the offices
specified in the Second Schedule and include such other offices
as the President may, by Order, determine.

8. (1) The President may, by Order—
(a) determine the pay in respect of an office in a

grade;
(b) establish the allowances that may be paid in

addition to pay;
(c) give effect to any agreement entered into

between the Chief Personnel Officer on behalf
of the Minister of Finance and the appropriate
recognised association; and

(d) give effect to an award made by the
Special Tribunal.

(2) An Order made in respect of matters specified in
subsection (1)(a) and (b) shall be referred to as a
Remuneration Order.

*8A. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Act and any
other written law, the President, by Order, may grant a duty
allowance to officers in the First Division and Second Division in
the Police Service.

9. Except where the contrary is provided in a Remuneration
Order, increases of pay that may be granted in respect of an office
in a grade in accordance with the Remuneration Order shall be

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annual, but no increase of pay shall be made in respect of an
office in a grade in which the police officer performing the duties
of the office has not completed a period of twelve months
continuous duty in that office.

PART III

APPOINTMENT OF TRAINEES
10. A person seeking to be a trainee may apply to the
Commissioner in the form and manner prescribed.

11. A person making an application under section 10 shall
satisfy the requirements prescribed.

12. (1) The Commissioner may appoint as a trainee a
person applying under section 10, who satisfies the requirements
prescribed.
(2) Subject to the Regulations, a trainee shall be under
the control of the Commissioner.
(3) Without prejudice to subsection (2), for the purpose
of any law relating to the functions or vicarious liability of an
employer, the Commissioner shall be treated as the employer of
any trainee undergoing training with the Police Service.
(4) A trainee is not a worker as defined in the Industrial
Relations Act.

13. Where a trainee fails to complete successfully a
course of training approved by the Commissioner or for any
reason is otherwise considered unfit to be a member of the
Police Service, the Commissioner may summarily terminate
his status as a trainee.

14. The Commissioner may make Regulations as to the
management and conditions of service of a trainee.

15. A trainee who successfully completes the approved
course of training is eligible to be appointed as a constable on
probation for the period prescribed.

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Application to
be trainee.

Qualification for
trainee.

Appointment
and control of
trainee.

Ch. 88:01.

Dismissal of
trainee.

Regulations for
trainee.

Successful
trainee.

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Appointment on
promotion to
First and
Second
Divisions.
[13 of 2007].

Promotions to
and within the
First Division.
[13 of 2007].

Promotional
assessment
process.
[13 of 2007].

PART IV
APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION OF

POLICE OFFICERS
16. (1) In the exercise of the powers vested in him by
section 123A(2)(a) of the Constitution, the Commissioner shall
take into account—
(a) in the case of promotion to and within the

First Division, the results of the promotional
assessment process; or

(b) in the case of promotion in the Second Division,
the recommendations of the Promotion
Advisory Board,

when he makes an appointment on promotion.
(2) A police officer shall not be considered for
promotion to and within the First Division unless he has attained
the prescribed points.
(3) The Commissioner shall ensure that the points attained
by the officer are sent to the person mentioned in section 17A(1)
prior to the commencement of the promotional assessment process.

17. Subject to section 16(2), promotions to and within the
First Division shall be made by the Commissioner only on the
basis of the results of a promotional assessment process.

17A. (1) Where there is a vacancy in the First Division, the
Commissioner shall, in accordance with the procedure
prescribed, cause to be contracted from time to time a person to
design and implement a promotional assessment process in
accordance with internationally accepted promotional assessment
standards to determine the suitability for promotion of a police
officer to and within the First Division.
(2) The person shall conduct the promotional
assessment process to determine the suitability for promotion to
and within the First Division to the next higher rank of a police
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Superintendent and shall submit its results, taking into account
the points attained by the officer under section 16(2), in the form
of an Order of Merit List to the Commissioner in relation to his
functions under section 123A(2)(a) of the Constitution.
(3) A police officer shall not be appointed to an office in
the First Division if the Commissioner objects to the appointment
of that officer to that office.
(4) Subject to section 16(2), to be eligible for promotion
to the rank of Assistant Superintendent through to Assistant
Commissioner, a police officer from the rank of Inspector
through to Senior Superintendent shall be subject to the
promotional assessment process by the person.
(5) For the purpose of assessing the suitability for
promotion of a police officer to the rank of Assistant
Superintendent through to Assistant Commissioner, the person
shall take into account the criteria and procedure prescribed.
(6) For the purpose of this section, “person” includes a
corporation whether aggregate or sole, and an unincorporated
body of persons contracted by the Commissioner in furtherance
of this section, but does not include an individual.

18. (1) For the purpose of conducting promotion in the
Second Division, there is established a Promotion Advisory
Board which shall comprise five members as follows:
(a) a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who shall be

the chairman;
(b) an Assistant Commissioner of Police;
(c) the Director Human Resources of the Police

Service;
(d) a senior officer, who is not a police officer, from

the Ministry of National Security, selected by
the Minister; and

(e) an independent management consultant,
appointed by the Commissioner.

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Promotion
Advisory
Board.
[13 of 2007].

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Functions of the
Board.
[13 of 2007].

Promotion in
Second
Division.
[13 of 2007].

(2) The Commissioner shall engage a person who is not
a police officer as Secretary to the Board.
(3) The appropriate recognised association may
nominate a representative to be present as an observer at sittings
of the Board.
(4) The Secretary to the Board shall keep a record of
the ratings given to every police officer who appears before
the Board.
19. (1) The Board shall sit as often as it thinks necessary,
but at least once every three months, to consider promotions and
notice of each sitting shall be given in a timely manner to the
representative referred to in section 18(3).
(2) The Board shall make recommendations to the
Commissioner in relation to his functions under section 123A(2)(a)
of the Constitution.
(3) At the conclusion of each sitting of the Board, the
Chairman shall submit to the Commissioner the Board’s
recommendations in the form of an Order of Merit List.
(4) The Commissioner may discuss with the Board any
recommendation made under subsection (3).
(5) A police officer is entitled to apply to the Board to be
informed in writing of his ratings.
(6) A sitting of the Board shall not be limited to one day.
20. (1) To be eligible for promotion to the rank of Corporal
through to Inspector, a police officer from the rank of Constable
through to Sergeant is required to pass a qualifying examination.
(2) In considering the suitability for promotion of a
police officer from the rank of Constable through to Sergeant, the
Board shall conduct an interview and take into account the
criteria prescribed.
(3) In considering the suitability for promotion of a
police officer from the rank of Constable through to Sergeant, the
Commissioner shall take into account the criteria prescribed.

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21. (1) A police officer on first appointment shall serve the
prescribed period of probation.
(2) If at any time before the end of the
probationary period of a constable, the Commissioner has
reasonable grounds to believe that the interest of the Police Service
will not be served by retaining the constable, the Commissioner
may dismiss him in accordance with the procedure prescribed.
(3) A constable who successfully completes his period
of probation and who satisfies all other prescribed requirements
is eligible to be confirmed as a constable.
(4) A police officer who is promoted shall serve the
prescribed period of probation.
22. (1) The Commission may, having regard to the
qualifications, experience, skills and merit of a person who is not
in the Service, appoint on contract such a person as a police
officer to the rank of Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner for
any specified period in accordance with the procedure prescribed
under section 132(2) to (5) of the Constitution.
(2) The Commissioner may, having regard to the
qualifications, experience, skills and merit of a person who is not
in the Service, appoint on contract such a person as a police
officer for any specified period.
(3) The Commissioner may appoint on contract for any
specified period and purpose a person who is not a police officer.

PART V
DISCIPLINE

23. (1) In the exercise of the powers vested in him by
section 123A(2)(c) of the Constitution, the Commissioner shall
comply with the procedures set out in the Regulations.
(2) An appeal shall lie to the Commission from any
decision of the Commissioner, or of any person to whom the
powers of the Commissioner have been delegated, as a result of
disciplinary proceedings brought against a police officer
appointed by the Commissioner.

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Appointment or
promotion on
probation.
[13 of 2007].

Contract
officers.
[13 of 2007].

Disciplinary
powers.

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Powers and
duties.

Ch. 88:01.

PART VI
DUTIES OF THE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT IN

RELATION TO THE POLICE SERVICE
24. (1) In addition to any duties or powers imposed or
conferred by any other written law, the Personnel Department
shall, in relation to the Police Service, carry out such duties as are
imposed on it by this Act and without limiting the generality of
the foregoing shall have the following duties:
(a) to maintain the classification of the Police

Service;
(b) to keep under review the remuneration of police

officers; and
(c) to provide for and establish procedures for

consultation and negotiation between the
Department and the appropriate recognised
association in respect of—

(i) the classification of offices;
(ii) any grievances; and
(iii) the terms and conditions of employment.
(2) The Minister of Finance may make
recommendations with regard to the remuneration to be paid to
police officers.
(3) The Minister of Finance shall, before making
recommendations pursuant to subsection (2)—
(a) consider the requirements of the Police Service;
(b) take into account the rates of pay and other

terms and conditions of employment
prevailing in Trinidad and Tobago for
similar work outside the Police Service and the
relationship of the duties of the various grades
within the Police Service; and

(c) be guided by the considerations set out in
section 20(2)(a) to (f) of the Industrial
Relations Act.

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(4) Before making any recommendation under
subsection (2), the Minister of Finance may require the Personnel
Department to consult with representatives of the appropriate
recognised association with respect to the matters specified in
subsection (1).

25. Where the representatives of the appropriate recognised
association request a consultation with respect to matters
specified in section 24(1) or the Minister of Finance directs that
such consultation is necessary and desirable, the Personnel
Department shall consult with the representatives of such
association in respect of those matters.

26. Where the Personnel Department consults and negotiates
with representatives of the appropriate recognised association
with respect to matters specified in section 24 at the request of
such representatives, the Personnel Department and the
appropriate recognised association are, within twenty-one days
of the commencement of such consultation and negotiation, or
within such further period as may be agreed upon, unable to
reach agreement on any matter, the Personnel Department or the
appropriate recognised association shall report the matter on
which no agreement has been reached to the Minister of Finance,
and on such report being made a dispute is deemed to exist as to
the matter.

27. (1) Where the Personnel Department, before making
proposals with respect to matters specified in section 24, does
not consult with representatives of the appropriate recognised
association, the Personnel Department shall submit the
proposals to the appropriate recognised association for
consideration and agreement.
(2) Where the Personnel Department and the appropriate
recognised association are, within twenty-one days of the
submission of the proposals as mentioned in subsection (1), or
within such further period as may be agreed upon, unable to reach
agreement on any matter, the Personnel Department or the

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Consultation
with appropriate
recognised
association.

Where no
agreement
reached after
consultation.

Submission of
proposals to
appropriate
recognised
association for
approval.

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Agreement to be
recorded and
signed.

Personnel
Department
subject to
Minister of
Finance under
this Part.
Ch. 23:01.

Dispute to be
referred to
Special
Tribunal.

Special Tribunal
power of award.

appropriate recognised association shall report the matter on which
no agreement has been reached to the Minister of Finance, and on
such report being made a dispute is deemed to exist as to the matter.

28. (1) Where the Personnel Department and the appropriate
recognised association reach agreement on any of the matters
specified in section 24(1) after consultation and negotiation in
accordance with section 26 or 27, the agreement shall be recorded
in writing and shall be signed by the Chief Personnel Officer on
behalf of the Minister of Finance and by a person designated by the
appropriate recognised association on behalf of the association.
(2) An agreement recorded and signed in
accordance with subsection (1) shall be binding upon the State
and the police officers to whom the agreement relates.

29. Notwithstanding section 13(1) of the Civil Service Act,
in the exercise of its duties and functions under sections 24, 25,
26, 27 and 28 of this Act, the Personnel Department shall be
subject to the directions of the Minister of Finance.

30. (1) Where a dispute is deemed to exist under section 26
or 27, the Minister of Finance shall refer the dispute for
settlement to the Special Tribunal within twenty-one days from
the date on which the dispute was reported to him.
(2) Where the Minister fails to refer the dispute to the
Special Tribunal within the time specified in subsection (1), the
appropriate recognised association that is a party to the dispute
may do so within twenty-one days from the date of the expiration
of the time specified in subsection (1).
(3) For the purpose of this Act, the parties to a dispute
shall be the Chief Personnel Officer and the appropriate
recognised association.

31. (1) The Special Tribunal shall hear and determine any
dispute referred to it under section 30 and shall make an award
on the dispute.

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(2) An award made by the Special Tribunal shall be final.
(3) In addition to taking into account any submission,
argument and evidence presented or tendered by or on behalf of
the appropriate recognised association and the Chief Personnel
Officer, the Special Tribunal in its judgment shall be guided by
the considerations set out in section 20(2)(a) to (f) of the
Industrial Relations Act.

32. (1) An award made by the Special Tribunal under
section 31 shall be binding on the parties to the dispute and all
police officers to whom the award relates and shall continue to be
binding for a period to be specified in the award, but not less than
five years from the date upon which the award takes effect.
(2) The Special Tribunal may, with the agreement of the
parties to an award, review such award at any time after the third
anniversary of the making of such award.

PART VII
POLICE SERVICE ASSOCIATIONS

33. A police officer shall not be a member of any trade union,
or any body or association registered under the Trade Unions Act.

34. Police officers may form associations, and such
associations shall, subject to this Act, be recognised by the
Minister of Finance as appropriate associations for consultation
and negotiation in respect of any of the matters specified in
section 24 and any other matters concerning police officers.

35. The President may make Regulations setting out the
conditions to be satisfied and the procedure to be adopted for the
recognition by the Minister of Finance of associations formed
pursuant to section 34.

36. (1) Every appropriate recognised association shall make
rules providing for the administration of the association and for

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Award to be
binding on
parties for fixed
period.

Prohibition
against
membership of
trade union.
Ch. 88:02.

Representation
of police
officers.

Regulations
governing
recognition.

Appropriate
recognised
association to
make rules.

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carrying out the objects of the association, and with respect to
such rules the following provisions shall have effect:
(a) the rules shall contain provisions in respect of

the several matters mentioned in the Fourth
Schedule; and

(b) a copy of the rules and any amendment shall be
delivered by the association to every police
officer who is a member of that association on
demand and on payment of the prescribed sum.

(2) The rules, including any amendment to such rules, of
an association shall be filed with the Registrar General and have
effect from the date on which they are filed unless some later date
is specified from which they shall have effect.

37. (1) On any complaint in writing signed by not less than
fifty financial members of an association representing police
officers in the Second Division or, in the case of an association
representing police officers in the First Division, not less than
five financial members, respecting the rules or business of the
association, the Registrar General shall inquire into the complaint
and may either dismiss it or if, after giving the complainants and
the association an opportunity of being heard, he finds the
complaint to be justified may either—
(a) so declare, but make no order under this

subsection; or
(b) make an order specifying the steps which

the association must take to remove the
cause for complaint.

(2) The Registrar General shall furnish to the
appropriate recognised association a written statement, with
reasons, for any decision which he gives under this section.
(3) A decision made by the Registrar General shall be
binding on the association and failure to comply with such a
decision shall render the association liable to withdrawal of
recognition by the Minister of Finance.

Fourth
Schedule.

Complaints by
members of
appropriate
recognised
association.

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(4) The Registrar General may order—
(a) the association to pay the complainant a

specified sum out of the funds of the
association; or

(b) a complainant to pay to the association a
specified sum,

in respect of the costs incurred by the complainant or the
association, as the case may be, and such sum shall be
recoverable summarily as a civil debt.
(5) In this section, “complainant” means a financial
member who signs the complaint.

38. On the commencement of this Act, the police
associations established under the former Act shall continue
under this Act as if they were established under this Act.

PART VIII

GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS OF
MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE

39. A police officer shall not be debarred from voting at any
election if, under the laws governing the said election, he has the
right to vote.

40. A police officer is disqualified from membership of the
Senate, the House of Representatives, the Tobago House of
Assembly, or a Municipal Corporation.

41. (1) Subject to this section, a police officer shall not—
(a) in any public place or in any document or any

other medium of communication, whether
within Trinidad and Tobago or not, publish any
information or express any opinion on matters
of national security interest or national or
international political controversy;

(b) be a scrutineer under the Representation of the
People Act or the Tobago House of Assembly

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Recognised
police
associations.

Police officer
voting.

Police officer
and political
activities.

Public
statements by
police officer
on certain
matters.

Ch. 2:01.
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Act or an election agent or an assistant to an
election agent of a Parliamentary, Tobago House
of Assembly, or Municipal candidate.

(2) Subsection (1)(a) shall not apply where—
(a) a police officer is acting in the execution of his

official duties;
(b) the information or opinion is published in the

course of a lecture or address, the subject matter
of which is approved by the Commissioner,
made or given at any educational institution in
the bona fide pursuit of the professional activity
of the police officer; or

(c) the information or opinion is expressed in an
article or other literary contribution, the
subject matter of which is approved by the
Commissioner, to a journal or other periodical
or document prepared in the bona fide pursuit
of the professional activity of the police officer.

(3) In this section, “publish” means to communicate the
information or opinion to any other person whether orally or in
writing and includes the broadcasting of words and pictures by
wireless telegraphy or any other means; and in relation to any
writing means exhibiting in public or causing to be read or seen
or showing or delivering or causing to be shown or delivered in
order that the writing may be read or seen by any person.

42. (1) Every police officer of the First Division and every
Inspector shall ex officio be a Justice of the Peace for Trinidad
and Tobago, and shall take the oath of such a Justice.
(2) A police officer who is a Justice of the Peace shall at
all times act ministerially for the purposes of the preservation of
the peace, the prevention of crime and the detection and
committal of offenders, and for carrying out the other objects of
this Act, but he shall not in any way act as a judicial officer, either
in any Court or in any other manner, except when specially
appointed so to act.

Certain police
officers to be
Justices.

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43. Every police officer shall have all such rights, powers,
authority, privileges and immunities, and is liable to all such
duties and responsibilities, as any constable duly appointed now
has or is subject or liable to, or may have or be subject or liable
to under any written or unwritten law.

44. Where in any written law power is conferred upon a
police officer of a certain grade, such power may lawfully be
exercised by a police officer of a higher grade.

45. A police officer—
(a) shall preserve the peace and detect crime and

other breaches of the law;
(b) may arrest, charge and bring before a

summary Court a person found committing any
offence rendering him liable to arrest without
warrant, or whom he reasonably suspects of
having committed any such offence;

(c) may summon before a summary Court a person
whom he reasonably suspects of committing an
offence;

(d) may prosecute a person who commits any
offence;

(e) shall serve and execute at any time, including
Sundays, all process which he may be directed
to serve or execute;

(f) shall keep order in and within the precincts and
in the vicinity of all Courts during all sittings of
such Courts;

(g) shall repress internal disturbances; and
(h) shall generally do and perform all the duties

appertaining to the office of a constable.

46. (1) A police officer may arrest without a warrant—
(a) a person who is charged by another person with

committing an aggravated assault in any case in
which such police officer believes upon

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Every police
officer to be a
constable.

General power
of police officer.

General duties
of police officer.

Power to arrest
without a
warrant.

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reasonable ground that such assault has been
committed although not within his view, and
that by reason of the recent commission of the
offence a warrant could not have been obtained
for the apprehension of the offender;

(b) a person who commits a breach of the peace in
his presence;

(c) a person who obstructs a police officer while in
the execution of his duty, or who has escaped or
attempts to escape from lawful custody;

(d) a person in whose possession anything is found
which may reasonably be suspected to have
been stolen or who may reasonably be suspected
of having committed an offence with reference
to such thing;

(e) a person whom he finds lying or loitering in any
public or private place or building and who does
not give a satisfactory account of himself;

(f) a person whom he finds in any public or private
place or building and whom he suspects upon
reasonable grounds of having committed or
being about to commit an offence; or

(g) a person found having in his possession without
lawful excuse any implement of housebreaking.

(2) Without prejudice to the powers conferred upon a
police officer by subsection (1), a police officer, and all persons
whom he may call to his assistance, may arrest without a warrant
a person who within view of such police officer commits an
offence and whose name or residence is unknown to such police
officer and cannot be ascertained by him.

47. Where a warrant has been issued in respect of a person
charged with an offence, a police officer shall, notwithstanding
that the warrant is not in his possession, arrest the person
charged with the offence, but the warrant shall, on the demand
of the person arrested, be shown to him as soon as practicable
after his arrest.

Power to arrest
without having
warrant in
possession.

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48. When a warrant or order of a Magistrate or Justice is
delivered to a constable, he shall, if the time will permit, deliver
the same to the police officer under whose immediate command
he is, and such officer shall direct one or more of the police
officers under his command and such assistant as he thinks
proper to execute such warrant or order, and every such warrant
or order may be executed by any constable.
49. (1) When an action is brought against a police officer for
an act done in obedience to a warrant or order of a Magistrate or
Justice, the officer shall not be responsible for any irregularity in
the issuing of the warrant or order or for any want of jurisdiction
in the Magistrate or Justice issuing it.
(2) In any action brought under subsection (1), the
Court shall give judgment for the officer if he fulfils the
following conditions:
(a) he gives the warrant or order in evidence;
(b) he proves that the Magistrate or Justice signed

the warrant or order; and
(c) he proves that the act complained of was done in

obedience to the warrant or order.
50. (1) A police officer may take and record for the purpose
of identification the measurement and photograph of a person
who is a detainee or an accused.
(2) Where the measurement or photograph taken under
subsection (1) is of a person who has not previously been
convicted of a criminal offence, and such person is discharged or
acquitted by a Court, all records relating to the measurement or
photograph shall be kept by the Commissioner.
50A. (1) A police officer may take and record for the purpose
of identification the fingerprint impression of a person without
consent—
(a) where the person is a detainee or an accused; or
(b) where—
(i) a fingerprint impression is derived from a

crime scene; and

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Execution of
warrant or order.

Action against
police officer
for acting on
warrant or order.

Power to take
measurement or
photograph.
[11 of 2014].

Taking of
fingerprint
impression.
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(ii) there are reasonable grounds for
suspecting that the person was involved in
the commission of an offence related to
the crime scene and believing that
fingerprint analysis could confirm or
disprove the suspicion.

(2) Where a fingerprint impression is taken as provided
under subsection (1), the fingerprint impression shall be analysed.
(3) The data derived from the analysis under
subsection (2) shall be kept and the Commissioner shall cause
that data to be transferred to the National Fingerprint Database.
50B. (1) Where at any time after the taking of a fingerprint
impression under section 50A—
(a) it is determined that the quality of the fingerprint

impression is unsuitable or insufficient for
analysis;

(b) the fingerprint impression is lost or
accidentally destroyed; or

(c) the fingerprint impression cannot be used for
any other reason,

a police officer may retake the fingerprint impression without
consent.
(2) Notwithstanding the fact that the quality of a
fingerprint impression is not suitable or sufficient, the
fingerprint impression shall not be destroyed and the
Commissioner shall cause that data to be transferred to the
National Fingerprint Database.
50C. (1) At all ports of entry into Trinidad and Tobago, a
police officer or an immigration officer under the Immigration
Act shall take and record for the purpose of identification the
fingerprint impression of—
(a) a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago without the

consent of the citizen, where the citizen has
been deported from any place outside of
Trinidad and Tobago; and

Retaking of
fingerprint
impression.
[11 of 2014].

Taking
fingerprint
impression of
certain persons
at ports of
entry.
[11 of 2014].
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(b) any person entering Trinidad and Tobago who is
not a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

(1A) Notwithstanding subsection (1)(b), the Minister
may by Order, exempt any person, citizens of a particular
country, or categories of persons from being fingerprinted.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1)(b), the Minister may
by Regulations, make provisions in relation to the taking,
recording, storing, retention and disposal of a fingerprint
impression, on the entry of a person who is not a citizen into
Trinidad and Tobago and such Regulations made under this
section shall be subject to negative resolution of Parliament.
(3) Where fingerprint impressions are taken under this
section, the fingerprint impressions shall be analysed.
(4) The Commissioner shall cause data derived from the
analysis of the fingerprint impression under subsection (3) to be
transferred to the National Fingerprint Database.
(5) A fingerprint impression collected and analysed
under this section shall not be destroyed but shall be retained by
the Commissioner.
(6) For the purpose of this section, “citizen of Trinidad
and Tobago” and “port of entry” shall have the meanings
assigned to them by the Immigration Act.

50D. (1) Where a police officer is required to serve a
summons on a person to appear before a Court as a defendant in
a criminal case, the police officer may also serve on the person a
Notice requiring that person to attend on such date and time and
at such place as specified in the Notice for the purpose of giving
a fingerprint impression.
(2) Where a fingerprint impression is taken under this
section, the fingerprint impression shall be analysed.
(3) The Commissioner shall cause the data derived from
the analysis of the fingerprint impression under subsection (2) to
be transferred to the National Fingerprint Database.

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Notice to attend
for
fingerprinting.
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(4) A fingerprint impression collected and analysed
under this section shall not be destroyed but shall be retained by
the Commissioner.
50E. (1) Where a fingerprint impression is to be taken under
section 50A from a child or an incapable person, the fingerprint
impression shall not be taken unless a representative of the child
or the incapable person is present when the fingerprint
impression is taken.
(2) Where a fingerprint impression of a child or an
incapable person is taken, the fingerprint impression shall be
analysed.
(3) The Commissioner shall cause the data derived from
the analysis of the fingerprint impression under subsection (2) to
be forwarded to the National Fingerprint Database.
(4) A fingerprint impression collected and analysed
under this section shall not be destroyed but shall be retained by
the Commissioner.
(5) The representative of a child or an incapable person
under this section shall, upon the child or incapable person giving
his fingerprint impression, sign the form set out as Form 1 in the
Sixth Schedule.
(6) For the purposes of this section—
“child” means a person under the age of eighteen years;
“incapable person” means a person who, by reason of his

physical or mental condition is unable to—
(a) indicate whether he consents or does not

consent; or
(b) understand the implications of consenting or not

consenting,
to the giving of his fingerprint; and
“representative”, in relation to a child or an incapable person, means—
(a) a parent or legal guardian;
(b) any person over the age of eighteen years who

has the custody, charge or care of the child or
incapable person;

Taking of
fingerprint
impression
from child or
incapable
person.
[11 of 2014].

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(c) an Attorney-at-law;
(d) a qualified social worker;
(e) a representative of the Children’s Authority; or
(f) a person appointed by the Court.

50F. A police officer taking a measurement, photograph or
fingerprint impression under sections 50A, 50B, 50C, 50D and
50E may use reasonable force to take and protect that
measurement, photograph or fingerprint impression.

50G. A person who refuses to give a measurement, photograph
or fingerprint impression under section 50A, 50B, 50C or 50D
commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine
of ten thousand dollars and to imprisonment for two years.

50H. A person who resists or obstructs an officer in the
exercise of his functions under section 50, 50A, 50B, 50C, 50D
or 50E commits an offence under section 59 and is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for two years.

50I. (1) A police officer may take the fingerprint impression
of any person who volunteers to give his fingerprint impression
during an investigation for the purpose of analysis.
(2) Where a fingerprint impression is taken as provided
under subsection (1), the fingerprint impression shall be analysed.
(3) The data derived from the analysis under subsection (2)
shall be kept and the Commissioner shall cause that data to be
transferred to the National Fingerprint Database.
(4) Where a person volunteers to give his fingerprint
impression under subsection (1), he shall submit the form set out
as Form 2 in the Sixth Schedule.

50J. (1) A fingerprint impression taken under section 50A,
50B, 50C, 50D, 50E or 50I shall be kept for a minimum period
of five years from the date on which the data was entered into the

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Reasonable
force to take
and protect
measurement,
photograph or
fingerprint
impression.
[11 of 2014].
Refusing to
give
measurement,
photograph or
fingerprint
impression.
[11 of 2014].

Resisting or
obstructing
police officer in
the exercise of
his functions.
[11 of 2014].

Volunteering to
give a
fingerprint
impression.
[11 of 2014].

Form 2.
Sixth Schedule.

Retention of
fingerprint
impression.
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National Fingerprint Database and thereafter the fingerprint
impression may be destroyed.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a Court may order
that a fingerprint impression that has been taken under this Act,
shall not be destroyed if the Court is satisfied that the fingerprint
impression might reasonably be required for the investigation or
prosecution of an offence or for purposes of an appeal.

50K. (1) There is hereby established a database of analysed
fingerprint impressions collected under this Act, to be known as
the “National Fingerprint Database”.
(2) The Commissioner shall have control and custody
of the National Fingerprint Database and shall, in accordance
with this Act, add to and remove data from the National
Fingerprint Database.
(3) Where a fingerprint impression is taken from a
person who is exonerated, the data from the fingerprint
impression shall be destroyed and removed from the National
Fingerprint Database, after the expiration of twenty years from
the date of exoneration.
(4) Notwithstanding the destruction of a fingerprint
impression under section 50J, where data from a fingerprint
impression is retained from the period of the destruction of the
fingerprint impression to the twenty-year period at
subsection (3), the data from the fingerprint impression is
deemed to be the data related to the fingerprint impression
destroyed and the data may be used as evidence in any matter
involving the person to whom the data relates.

50L. (1) Where the Central Authority under the Mutual
Assistance in Criminal Matters Act is in receipt of a request for
assistance from a country for which an Order under
section 40(1) of that Act has been made, and such assistance is
relevant to any data in the National Fingerprint Database, the
Central Authority shall forward the request to the Commissioner.

National
Fingerprint
Database.
[11 of 2014].

Mutual legal
assistance.
[11 of 2014].
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(2) Upon receipt of a request under subsection (1), the
Commissioner shall provide the Central Authority with the
relevant data.
(3) Where the Commissioner is of the view that data
exists in a database similar to the National Fingerprint Database
in a country to which an Order under section 40(1) of the Mutual
Assistance in Criminal Matters Act exists, in respect of an
investigation for an offence committed in Trinidad and Tobago,
the Commissioner may request that the Central Authority request
from that country the relevant data.

51. (1) A person who applies to the Police Service for a
certificate of character shall pay the prescribed fee to the police
officer in charge of the police station at which the application is
made and give a fingerprint impression.
(2) The data derived from the analysis of the fingerprint
impression given by the person under subsection (1) shall not be
destroyed, and the Commissioner shall cause that data to be
transferred to a National Fingerprint Database.

52. (1) A person who applies to the Police Service for an
analysis of a fingerprint impression affixed to a document shall
pay the prescribed fee to the police officer in charge of the police
station at which the application is made.
(2) The Police Service shall destroy the certificate of
analysis of the fingerprint impression where the person, who
made the application for the analysis under subsection (1), fails
to collect the certificate after six months from the date of the
analysis and a record of the destruction shall be kept in a separate
register maintained by the Commissioner for that purpose.
(3) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary and without
prejudice to subsection (2), the data derived from the analysis of
the fingerprint impression mentioned in subsection (1) shall not
be destroyed, and the Commissioner shall cause that data to be
transferred to a National Fingerprint Database.

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Certificate of
character.
[13 of 2007
11 of 2014].

Analysis of
fingerprint
impression.
[13 of 2007
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53. (1) A police officer who—
(a) begins, raises, abets, countenances or incites a

mutiny, or terrorist act or causes or joins in any
sedition amongst the members of the Police
Service; or

(b) knows of any actual or intended mutiny,
rebellion, insurrection or terrorist act and does
not without delay give information thereof to a
police officer senior in rank,

commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to
imprisonment for ten years.
(2) A police officer who—
(a) being present at any assemblage tending to riot,

does not use his utmost endeavours to suppress
the same;

(b) assaults a judicial officer or police officer senior
in rank;

(c) draws or lifts, or offers to draw or lift, any
weapon or offers any violence against any such
judicial officer or police officer senior in rank;

(d) wilfully permits the escape of a prisoner;
(e) uses unnecessary violence to or ill-treats

any prisoner;
(f) pawns, sells, makes away with, abandons or

wilfully spoils or damages his arms,
accoutrements, clothing or any public
property; or

(g) fails to take action in a case where a serious
offence has been committed or where he has
witnessed a serious offence,

is liable on summary conviction to a fine of thirty thousand
dollars and to imprisonment for five years.

54. Unless he is specially authorised to do so by the
Regulations, no police officer is entitled to keep or use for his

Punishment for
serious offence.

Public property
not to be used
privately.

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private benefit any article that has been supplied to him at the
public expense, but he shall hold every such article at the order
and disposal of the State.
55. (1) A police officer who is dismissed from the Police
Service, or resigns his office, or otherwise leaves the Police
Service, shall forthwith deliver over to the person authorised by
the Regulations or appointed for that purpose every article which
has been supplied to him at the public expense and which he has
not been expressly authorised to keep or use for his private benefit.
(2) A police officer who contravenes this section is
liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars
and to imprisonment for two years.
(3) A Magistrate or Justice may issue a warrant to
search for and seize any article mentioned in subsection (1)
which is not so delivered, wherever it may be found.
56. A person who has in his possession any article which has
been supplied at the public expense to a police officer, and which
the police officer has not been expressly authorised to keep or
use for his private benefit, and who does not satisfactorily
account for its possession commits an offence, and may be
arrested without warrant by any police officer and is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for two years.
57. (1) When a police officer dies, the person in whose
custody, control or possession is any article which has been
supplied at the public expense to such police officer for the
execution of his office, shall, after due notice by any police
officer, deliver up to the person appointed for that purpose any
such article.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any article that the
officer has been expressly authorised to keep for his private benefit.

(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for one year.

Delivery up of
article supplied
on leaving the
Police Service.

Improper
possession of
article supplied
to police officer.

Delivery up of
article supplied
to deceased
police officer.

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(4) A Magistrate or Justice may issue a warrant to search
for and seize any article mentioned in subsection (1) which
is not so delivered over, wherever the same may be found.

58. (1) Where any property has come into the possession of
the Police Service in connection with any criminal charge or
under section 29 of the Pawnbrokers Act, a summary Court may,
on application either by a police officer or by a claimant of the
property, make an order for the delivery of the property to the
person appearing to the Court to be the owner of it or, if the
owner cannot be ascertained, make such order with respect to the
property as the Court thinks fit.

(2) An order under this section shall not affect the right
of any person to take within six months from the date of the order
legal proceedings against any person in possession of property
delivered by virtue of the order for the recovery of the property,
but on the expiration of those six months the right shall cease.

(3) Where property has come into the possession of the
Police Service—
(a) under subsection (1); or
(b) in respect of which the owner cannot be

ascertained and no order has been made with
respect to it by a Court,

it shall be dealt with as follows:
(i) if the property is a perishable article, or

its custody involves unreasonable
expense or inconvenience, it may be sold
as soon as convenient after it has come
into the possession of the Police Service;

(ii) if the property consists of money, it shall
be dealt with as provided in this section
with regard to the proceeds of a sale after
it has remained in the possession of the
Police Service for three months; or

(iii) in the case of any other property the same
may be publicly sold at auction as soon as

Unclaimed
article.

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possible after it has remained in the
possession of the Police Service for three
months and has been advertised in two
local daily newspapers for three
consecutive days.

(4) The proceeds of the sale shall, after deduction of
expenses, be paid immediately to the Comptroller of Accounts
who shall deposit it to the credit of the Award Fund.
(5) Where property has been found by a person, other
than a police officer, and no provision is made for it to be dealt
with by law and it has not been claimed by the real owner it may
be delivered to the finder on his claiming it, but such delivery to
the finder shall not be made until it has remained in the
possession of the Police Service for three months.
(6) Where property found under subsection (5) is of
such a nature that it necessitates an immediate sale, it shall be
sold immediately and the proceeds of the sale shall be
deposited with the Comptroller of Accounts who shall credit it
to the Award Fund.
(7) Where the owner of the proceeds mentioned in
subsection (6) have not claimed it after three months, it may be
delivered, less any expenses, to the finder on his claiming it.
(8) In all cases in which property deposited with the
Police Service or the proceeds thereof is delivered to the finder,
he may be required to execute a bond of indemnity to the Police
Service in respect of the delivery.
59. A person who assaults, obstructs, or resists a police
officer in the execution of his duty, or aids or incites another
person so to assault, obstruct, or resist a police officer or a person
assisting the police officer in the execution of his duty, is liable
on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for two years.
60. If a person is called upon to assist a police officer who
is, while in the execution of his duty, assaulted or resisted or in
danger of being assaulted or resisted, and such person refuses or

Assault, etc., on
police officer.

Refusing to
assist police
officer
assaulted.

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neglects to assist accordingly without reasonable cause, he is
liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars
and to imprisonment for one year.

61. (1) A person who—
(a) knowingly harbours or entertains or, either

directly or indirectly, sells or gives any
intoxicating liquor to a police officer who is
on duty;

(b) knowingly permits a police officer to remain in
his house, except in case of extreme urgency,
when on duty; or

(c) by threats or by offer of money, gift,
intoxicating liquor or any other thing, induces
or endeavours to induce a police officer to
commit a breach of his duty,

is liable on summary conviction to a fine of fifteen thousand
dollars and to imprisonment for one year.
(2) If a person, who is the owner or occupier of
premises licensed under the Liquor Licences Act or is employed
in connection with the business of any such premises, is
convicted under this section, the record of the proceedings shall
be forwarded to the licensing committee which granted the
licence, and the owner or occupier is, in addition to any other
penalty under this section, liable to have his licence forfeited or
suspended by that licensing committee.
(3) On the trial of a complaint in respect of an
offence under this section, if the other facts constituting the
offence are established, it shall not be necessary to prove
knowledge or intention, but the onus of disproving it shall lie
upon the defendant.

62. A person, other than a police officer, who without the
written authority of the Commissioner—
(a) puts on or assumes, either in whole or in part,

the uniform, name, designation or description

Harbouring
police officer.

Ch. 84:10.

Impersonation
of police officer
or wearing
police uniform,
etc.

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of a police officer, or a uniform, name, or
designation, resembling and intended to
resemble the uniform, name or designation of a
police officer; or

(b) in any way pretends to be a police officer for
any purpose which he would not by law be
entitled to do of his own authority,

is liable on summary conviction to a fine of thirty thousand
dollars and to imprisonment for three years.

63. (1) A person who, for the purpose of obtaining
admission into the Police Service, knowingly—
(a) uses or attempts to pass off a forged or false

certificate, letter or other document; or
(b) makes a false answer to a question which is put

to him by a police officer,
is liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars
and to imprisonment for one year.
(2) A police officer may arrest without warrant a person
whom he reasonably believes has committed an offence under
this section.

64. Where a police officer lays an information or makes a
complaint against a person, any police officer of or above the
rank of sergeant or who has obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree
from an institution recognised by the Accreditation Council of
Trinidad and Tobago, may appear before the Magistrate or
Justice who is trying or enquiring into the matter of the
information or complaint, and shall have the same privileges as
to addressing the Magistrate or Justice, and as to examining the
witnesses adduced in the matter, as the police officer who laid
the information or made the complaint would have had.

65. The Award Fund continued under the former Act shall
continue to be kept by the Commissioner and administered in

Obtaining
admission into
the Police
Service by
fraud.

Right to
prosecute police
cases.
[13 of 2007].

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accordance with this Act, and shall be appropriated to the
payment of such—
(a) gratuities and awards as the Commissioner may

direct to be paid to a police officer;
(b) compassionate gratuities to the spouse and

children of a police officer as, in exceptional
circumstances, the Commissioner may allow;

(c) compassionate gratuities to any person
dependent on a deceased police officer, other
than his spouse and children as, in exceptional
circumstances, the Commissioner may allow;

(d) award as, under section 67, a Judge of the High
Court or Magistrate may grant to a police officer;

(e) special compensation as the Commissioner
may award to a police officer for injuries he
sustained in the performance of his function; or

(f) sums as may become payable to finders of
property sold under section 58.

66. (1) The Awards Board (herein referred to as “the
Board”) established under the former Act shall continue under
this Act as if it is established under this Act.
(2) The Board shall meet at least once in every
quarter to consider and recommend awards in accordance
with section 65.
(3) The appropriate recognised association is entitled to
submit recommendations for awards to the Commissioner who
shall transmit them to the Board for its consideration.

67. If, during the trial of a criminal case, the Judge or
Magistrate before whom the case is being tried is of the opinion
that a police officer has distinguished himself in apprehending or
detecting and bringing to justice the perpetrator or abettor of any
crime, the Judge or Magistrate is entitled to grant an award, not
exceeding five hundred dollars, to the police officer; and such an
award shall be paid on the certificate of the Judge or Magistrate.

Awards Board.

Granting of
special award.

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68. (1) All fines or penalties imposed upon a police officer
under this Act shall be retained from his pay by the deduction of
no more than half the amount which may be due to him on any
day of payment until the whole be paid, and shall be paid to the
credit of the Award Fund.
(2) A bribe or gift of money coming into the
possession of a police officer or the value of any goods given
as a bribe to a police officer shall be paid to the credit of the
Award Fund.

69. (1) The Commissioner shall—
(a) keep an account of all moneys paid into and

disbursed from the Award Fund;
(b) submit to the Auditor General at the end of each

month a statement showing all receipts and
disbursements;

(c) state in the statement the reasons and authority
for each disbursement; and

(d) deposit all moneys received for the credit of the
Award Fund as soon as practicable in a financial
institution, approved by the Minister.

(2) When the sum standing to the credit of the Award
Fund exceeds fifty thousand dollars the Commissioner shall
decide to what purpose the surplus shall be put.

PART IX

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
70. (1) Notwithstanding any written law to the
contrary, the Canteen steward of a police Canteen and the
secretary of a Mess Committee may sell intoxicating liquor
to police officers and honorary members in any such
Canteen or Mess without having previously obtained a
licence for that purpose.
(2) The Canteen and Mess Committee shall make rules
in regard to the hours during which a Canteen or Mess shall be

Fines and bribes
to be payable to
the Fund.

Account to be
kept.

Sale of liquor in
Canteens and
Messes.

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kept open for the sale of intoxicating liquor and for the proper
management and control of Canteens and Messes.
(3) A police Canteen or Mess shall be managed by a
Canteen or Mess Committee respectively, which shall consist of
the Deputy Commissioner, Administration, as Chairman, and
such other members as may be determined by the Chairman and
the appropriate recognised association.
71. (1) Every police station is deemed to be a lock-up in which
a person charged with an offence may be temporarily confined.
(2) In every police station there shall be provided a
secure place of confinement.
72. A police officer shall, on his first appointment, take and
subscribe the oath or affirmation of office and secrecy set out in
the Fifth Schedule.
72A. The Commissioner shall cause the fingerprint
impression of every member of the Police Service to be taken
and analysed, and the data derived from that analysis shall be
kept in a database established and maintained by the
Commissioner who shall cause that data to be transferred to a
National Fingerprint Database.
73. A police officer may leave the Police Service only by the
modes prescribed.
74. (1) A police officer in the Second Division shall retire
from the Police Service on his attaining the age of fifty-five years
but may, with the approval of the Commissioner, be permitted to
retire on his attaining the age of fifty years.

(2) A police officer in the First Division shall retire
from the Police Service on his attaining the age of sixty
years, but may—
(a) at his option; or
(b) at the instance of the Commissioner,
retire from the Police Service at any time after he has attained the
age of fifty-five years.

Police station to
be lock-up.

Police officer to
take oath of
office.
Fifth Schedule.

Fingerprint
database.
[13 of 2007
11 of 2014].

Mode of
leaving service.

Age of
retirement for
police officer.

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(3) Subject to subsection (2), a police officer in the First
Division who has attained the age of fifty years may, with the
approval of the Commissioner, be permitted to retire from
the Police Service at anytime after he has attained that age.

(4) The functions of the Commissioner under
subsections (2) and (3) shall, in relation to the
Commissioner and a Deputy Commissioner, be performed
by the Commission.

75. Notwithstanding section 74 and any other written law—
(a) the President may in relation to a police officer

in the First Division; or
(b) the Commissioner may in relation to a police

officer in the Second Division,
where he considers it in the national interest, extend the years of
service of the police officer after he has reached the prescribed
age of retirement, for a period of one year in the first instance and
thereafter, subject to an annual review, for a maximum of two
further periods of one year each.

76. When a police officer dies the Minister shall order that
three months salary of the officer, from the date of his death,
shall be paid to his spouse, children or other next of kin.

77. (1) On the death of a police officer to whom any sum of
money may then be due on account of salary or pension
chargeable on the revenue of the State, the Minister may, by
Order, on being satisfied of the expediency in such case of
dispensing with the production of a grant of probate or letters of
administration, cause such sum to be paid to a person he
considers entitled to it, without requiring the production of the
grant of probate or letters of administration.
(2) A payment made under subsection (1) is valid
against any person and a person acting under this section is
absolutely discharged from all liability in respect of any money
paid to him under this section.

Extension of
service.

Grant of three
months salary
to next of kin
of deceased
police officer.

Payment of
arrears of salary
or pension
without
production of
probate or
letters of
administration.

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78. (1) The President may make Regulations, subject to the
affirmative resolution of the House of Representatives, to give
effect to the purpose of this Act, and in particular for the
following matters:
(a) for prescribing classifications for offices in the

Police Service, including qualifications, duties
and remuneration;

(b) for prescribing the procedure for
appointments from within the Police Service;

(c) for prescribing periods of probation;
(d) for prescribing the procedure for the recovery

of any penalty from a police officer;
(e) for regulating the hours of attendance of police

officers and the keeping and signing of records
of attendance or for prescribing other methods
of recording attendance;

(f) for regulating the duties to be performed by
police officers;

(g) for regulating the granting of leave to
police officers;

(h) for prescribing arrangements and procedures
for providing, assisting in or co-ordinating staff
development programmes;

(i) the appointment, training and discipline of the
police officers;

(j) the description and issue of arms, ammunition,
accoutrements, uniform and necessaries to be
supplied to the Police Service;

(k) for prescribing the procedures for pensions,
gratuities and injury allowance to be granted in
respect of the services of police officers;

(l) for prescribing and providing for the use of
powers under this Act;

(m) for regulating generally the terms and
conditions of employment, including
temporary employment and employment on
contract;

Regulations.
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(n) promotion, secondment, transfer and removal
from office; and

(o) generally, for the good order and management
of the Police Service.

(2) The President may make Regulations for the
exemption of a constable appointed under the Special Reserve
Police Act from the qualification requirement for appointment
as an officer in the Second Division.

79. (1) All legal or disciplinary proceedings pending, under
the former Act prior to the coming into force of this Act shall
continue as if this Act had not been passed.
(2) All decisions made or issued or in force or all things
done under the former Act prior to the coming into force of this
Act shall continue to have full force and effect as if commenced,
made, issued or done under this Act.

80. The Police Service Act is repealed.

Ch. 15:03.

Savings.

Repeal of Act
No. 30 of 1965.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

OFFICES IN THE FIRST DIVISION OF
THE POLICE SERVICE

Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner
Senior Superintendent
Superintendent
Assistant Superintendent

SECOND SCHEDULE

OFFICES IN THE SECOND DIVISION OF
THE POLICE SERVICE

Inspector
Sergeant
Corporal
Constable

THIRD SCHEDULE

CLASSIFICATION OF OFFICES IN
THE POLICE SERVICE

Old Title of Post New Title of Post Effective
Date

GRADE 1
Police Band Apprentice Police Band Apprentice 1.10.03

GRADE 2
Police Bandsman I Police Bandsman I 1.10.03
Police Constable Police Constable 1.10.03

Section 7(2).

Section 7(3).

Section 4(1), 6.

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CLASSIFICATION OF OFFICES IN
THE POLICE SERVICE—Continued

Old Title of Post New Title of Post Effective
Date

GRADE 3
Police Bandsman II Police Bandsman II 1.10.03
Police Corporal Police Corporal 1.10.03

GRADE 4
Police Bandsman III Police Bandsman III 1.10.03
Police Sergeant Police Sergeant 1.10.03

GRADE 5
Assistant Director of Assistant Director of 1.10.03
Police Band Police Band

Police Inspector Police Inspector 1.10.03

GRADE 6
Deputy Director of Deputy Director of 1.10.03
Police Band Police Band

Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent 1.10.03
of Police of Police

GRADE 7
Director of Police Band Director of Police Band 1.10.03
Superintendent of Police Superintendent of Police 1.10.03

GRADE 8
Senior Superintendent Senior Superintendent 1.10.03
of Police of Police

GRADE 9
Assistant Commissioner Assistant Commissioner 1.10.03
of Police of Police

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FOURTH SCHEDULE

MATTERS TO BE INCLUDED IN RULES OF
A POLICE ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Association and the place of meeting for its
business.

2. The objects for which the Association is to be established, the
purposes for which its funds shall be applicable, and the conditions under
which any member may become entitled to any benefit assured thereby, and
the fines and forfeitures to be imposed on any member of the Association.

3. The manner of making, altering, amending and rescinding rules.

4. A provision for the appointment and removal of a general committee
of management, of a trustee, treasurer and other officers.

5. A provision for the investment of the funds, and for an annual or
periodical audit of accounts.

6. The inspecting of the books and names of members of the
Association by every person having an interest in its funds.

7. The manner of dissolution.

8. The protection of voting rights of members of the Association and
the general conduct of elections.

9. The powers, duties and functions of the Executive Committee of the
Association.

10. Method to resolve disputes between the members of the Association
and the members of the Executive Committee.

11. Prohibition against admission to membership with respect to a police
officer who is a member of an appropriate recognised association.

Section 36(1).

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Section 72. FIFTH SCHEDULE

OATH*/AFFIRMATION* OF OFFICE AND SECRECY

I, .............................................. do swear*/do solemnly and sincerely affirm*
that I will well and truly serve Trinidad and Tobago in the office of
.......................................... without favour or affection, malice or ill will, and
that I will cause the peace to be kept and preserved in Trinidad and Tobago,
and that I will prevent, to the utmost of my power, all offences against the
same; and that while I shall continue to hold the said office I will, to the best
of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully
according to law and will not, without due authority in that behalf, in any
manner whatsoever publish or communicate any facts or information being
facts or expressions of opinion based on such facts that come to my
knowledge by reason of my being the holder of such office. So help me God.†

* delete whichever is inapplicable.
† delete in case of affirmation.

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SIXTH SCHEDULE
FORM 1

REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

RECORD OF TAKING OF FINGERPRINT IMPRESSION
FROM A CHILD OR AN INCAPABLE PERSON BY A

POLICE OFFICER IN THE PRESENCE OF
A REPRESENTATIVE

INFORMATION OF PERSON FROM WHOM FINGERPRINT
IMPRESSION IS TAKEN:

Name ……………………………………………………………………........

Address ……………………………………………………………….....….....

Date of Birth …………………………………………………………............

Gender of the Person …………………………………………………...........

Person from whom impression is taken [tick as appropriate]—

[ ] a child

[ ] an incapable person

Date taken ……………....................…………………………….…………….

In the presence of ………………………………….....................…………….
(Name in block letters and signature of the
representative of a child or an incapable person and the
relationship to the child or the incapable person)

Signed ………...…...….............. Date ……...…………….
Representative

Signed ………...…...….............. Date ……...…………….
Witness

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Section 50E.

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FORM 2

REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

VOLUNTEERING TO GIVE A
FINGERPRINT IMPRESSION

Name …………………….…………….......................………………………

Address …………………….………........................…………………………

Person from whom impression is taken [tick as appropriate]—

[ ] a child
[ ] an incapable person
[ ] an adult

1. You are not obliged to volunteer your fingerprint impression.

2. The representative of a child or an incapable person shall be present when
the fingerprint impression is taken.

3. The fingerprint impression voluntarily given will be analysed and added
to the National Fingerprint Database and may be checked against other
analysed fingerprint impressions in the National Fingerprint Database.

I have read and understood the statements contained above and hereby
volunteer to give a fingerprint impression.

Signed ……………………...... Date …..…...………….....
Volunteer

Signed ……….....…...….......... Date …….....…………….
Representative

Signed ………...….....….......... Date ……...……..……….
Witness

Section 50E.

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

POLICE SERVICE REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION

1. Citation and Commencement.
2. Interpretation.

PART I
RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

3. Qualification for appointment as trainee.
4. Recruitment procedure for trainee.
5. Qualification for appointment as Band Apprentice.
6. Recruitment procedure for Band Apprentice.
7. Appointment and discharge of Band Apprentice.
8. Service number and name tag.
9. Appointment to the First Division.
10. Date of appointment.

PART II
PROBATION AND PROMOTION

11. Probation of constable.
12. Principles applicable to constable on probation.
13. Probationary assessment of constable on first appointment.
14. Dismissal of constable on probation.
15. Examination Board.
16. Qualifying examination.
17. Constable eligible for promotion after three years of service.
18. Advertisement of vacancy.
19. Principles of selection for promotion to and within the First

Division.
20. Principles of selection for promotion to and within the Second

Division.
21. Probation on promotion.

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ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS—Continued
REGULATION

22. Performance appraisal report.
23. Confirmation of appointment.
24. Extension of probation.
25. Incremental date where period of probation extended.
26. Commissioner to keep record.

PART III
SECONDMENT

27. Secondment.

PART IV
RESIGNATION, RETIREMENT AND TERMINATION

OF APPOINTMENT
28. Resignation.
29. Abandonment.
30. Reasons for termination of appointment.
31. Retirement in the public interest.
32. Termination of appointment on grounds of inefficiency.
33. Medical Board.
34. Unfit officer.

PART V
POLICE DIVISION, DISTRICT, STATION, ETC.

35. Police Division, District, Station, etc.
36. Assignment of officers to District, etc.
37. Building for use of Police Service.

PART VI
SALARIES, INCREMENTS, ADVANCES, AND

ALLOWANCES
SALARIES

38. Allowance for trainee.
39. Salary of officer on first appointment.

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40. Salary on promotion.
41. Date of payment of salary.
42. Reversion to substantive office.
43. Deductions from salary.

INCREMENTS
44. Principles of conversion.
45. Additional provision as to conversion.
46. Payment of increment.
47. Increment while acting.
48. Incremental date—general.
49. Incremental date—on probation.

ADVANCES
50. Application for advance.
51. Payment of advance.

ALLOWANCES
52. Acting allowance.
53. Grant for funeral expenses.
54. Hardship allowance.
55. Housing allowance.
56. Plain clothes allowance.
57. Proficiency allowance.
58. Temporary separation allowance.
59. Conditions attached to payment of temporary separation allowance.
60. Application for temporary separation allowance.
61. Charges for extra duty prescribed.
62. Subsistence and meal allowances.
62A. Special duty allowance.
63. Allowance for travelling abroad on official business.
64. Attorney allowance.
65. Qualifying allowance.

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PART VII
HOURS OF WORK, RECORDS OF PERSONNEL AND

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS
HOURS OF WORK

66. Work week and working hours.
67. Officer may be required to report for duty at any time.
68. Transfer.

RECORDS OF PERSONNEL
69. Personal record.
70. Certificate of service to be given.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS
71. Performance appraisal reports.
72. Officer to be informed of adverse report.
73. Annual increments.

PART VIII
VACATION LEAVE, SPECIAL LEAVE, AND

MEDICAL MATTERS
74. Leave to be granted in accordance with this Part.

VACATION LEAVE
75. Eligibility for vacation leave.
76. Vacation leave entitlement.
77. Vacation leave not to be earned while on leave.
78. Vacation leave to be taken annually.
79. Deferment of vacation leave.
80. Casual absences to be deducted from vacation leave.
81. Non-forfeiture of vacation leave earned.
82. Accumulation of vacation leave.
83. Grant of vacation leave.
84. Application for vacation leave.
85. Record of officers on leave.
86. Attending Court while on vacation leave.

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SPECIAL LEAVE

87. Duty leave and special leave.
88. Scholarship and study leave.
89. Sick leave.
90. Extension of sick leave in Trinidad and Tobago.
91. Extension of sick leave outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
92. Medical certificate necessary for sick leave.
93. Medical record of each officer.
94. Entitlement to full pay.
95. Light duty in certain circumstances.
96. Grant of paternity leave.
97. Grant of bereavement leave.

MEDICAL BENEFITS
98. Officer entitled to free medical, etc., attention.

PART IX
CUSTODY AND CARE OF PRISONERS

99. Key for female cell.
100. Opening of cell.
101. Searching of prisoner.
102. Record to be kept of prisoner’s property.
103. Prisoner’s property handed over.
104. Prisoner in cell to be visited.
105. Children of prisoner in custody.
106. Feeding of prisoner.
107. Legal adviser to prisoner.
108. Sick prisoner.
109. Numerical strength of escort.
110. Prison van.
111. Dangerous prisoner.
112. Handcuffs.
113. Armed escort.

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PART X
GOVERNMENT BUILDING, FURNITURE,

HOSPITAL, ETC.
114. Quarters.
115. Furniture to be kept in good condition.
116. Repair to or replacement of furniture.
117. Notice board.
118. Reception area.
119. Prisoners’ cells.
120. Hospital.

PART XI
UNIFORM, EQUIPMENT, ARMS, STORES, ETC.

121. Uniform and order of dress.
122. Unauthorised badge or other decoration.
123. Issue of arms and ammunition.
124. Control of arms and ammunition issued.
125. Issue of uniform.
126. Wearing of uniform and plain clothes.
127. Issue of stores.
128. Issue of bedding.
129. Requisition.
130. Stores Ledgers.

PART XII
CONDUCT

131. Duties of an officer.
132. Absence without leave.
133. Activities outside the Service.
134. Officer not to call or participate in certain public meeting.
135. Participation in demonstration, etc., prohibited.
136. Officer not to publish information.
137. Officer not to allow interview on question of public policy.
138. Officer not to publish comment on national or local matter.

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139. Partisanship.
140. Officer not to contribute to, edit or manage newspaper.
141. Rules relating to lecture or presentation.
142. Reprimand of officer.
143. Appearance and turnout.
144. Indebtedness.
145. Bankruptcy.
146. Gift or reward.
147. Exception to gift.
148. Officer not to accept present from subordinate officer.
149. Legal proceedings.
150. Offences.

PART XIII
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

151. Disciplinary proceedings.
152. Suspension.
153. Interdiction.
154. Reporting in person.
155. Disciplinary tribunal.
156. Procedure on alleged commission of offence.
157. Power of disciplinary tribunal.
158. Duty of officers appointed to disciplinary tribunal.
159. Officer on charge not to be permitted leave.
160. Procedure at hearing.
161. Witnesses.
162. Adjournment of hearing.
163. Proceedings in private.
164. Hearing in absence of accused officer.
165. Hearing in absence of prosecutor.
166. Standard of proof.
167. Tribunal to report.
168. Further offence before disciplinary tribunal.

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169. Disciplinary tribunal may report to Commissioner.
170. Insufficient evidence before disciplinary tribunal.
171. Informing officer of decision and his right of review.
172. Commissioner may remove officer in public interest.
173. Penalties.
174. Non-payment of remuneration on conviction for a criminal offence.

PART XIV

RECOGNITION OF POLICE SERVICE ASSOCIATION
175. Interpretation of Part XIV.
176. Application for recognition.
177. Publication of application.
178. Objection to application.
179. Examination of records.
180. Decision of Minister.
181. Public recognition.
182. Special duty leave and time off.

PART XV

GRATUITIES AND PENSIONS
183. Computation of gratuity, etc., a matter of high priority.
183A. Computation of pension in acting capacity prior to compulsory

retirement.
184. Contribution to superannuation allowances.
185. Pension to officer in special cases.
186. Payment out of pensions.
187. Service for less than ten years.
188. Broken service.
189. Permanent injury.
190. Pension to dependant of officer killed on duty and gratuity to

spouse, etc., of officer who dies in the Service.

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PART XVI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

191. Communication to Commissioner.
192. Official communication.
193. Orders.
194. Standing Orders with respect to books and other records.
195. Corrections.
196. Circulation of orders.
197. Pocket diary.
198. Legal aid.
199. Change of name.
200. Saluting.
201. Register of found property.
202. Establishment of Messes.
203. Administration of Messes.
204. First Division Officers’ Mess.
205. Inspectors’ and Sergeants’ Mess.
206. Other Ranks’ Mess.
207. Sports Club.
208. Police Band.
209. Police Band to play with permission.
210. Application of Regulations.

APPENDIX A.
APPENDIX B.
APPENDIX C.
APPENDIX D.
APPENDIX E.

REGULATION

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145/2007.
[23/2012].

Citation and
Commencement.

146/2007.

Interpretation.

POLICE SERVICE REGULATIONS
made under section 78

1. (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Police
Service Regulations.
(2) These Regulations came into operation on
6th August 2007.

2. In these Regulations—
“acting appointment” means the temporary appointment of an

officer to act in a higher office, whether that office is vacant
or not;

“appointment” means the appointment of a person to an office;
“cohabitant” means—
(a) in relation to a man, a woman who has been

living with or who has lived together with him
in a bona fide domestic relationship for a period
of not less than five years immediately
preceding the date of his death;

(b) in relation to a woman, a man who has been
living with or who has lived together with her in
a bona fide domestic relationship for a period of
not less than five years immediately preceding
the date of her death,

but only one such relationship shall be taken into account
for the purpose of these Regulations;

“cohabitational relationship” means the relationship between
cohabitants, who not being married to each other, have lived
together in a bona fide domestic relationship for a period of
not less than five years immediately preceding the death of
either cohabitant;

“Commission” means the Police Service Commission established
under section 122(1) of the Constitution;

“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Police;

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Ch. 11:25.

Ch. 5:34.

“dangerous drugs” has the meaning assigned to it by section 3 of
the Dangerous Drugs Act;

“disciplinary tribunal” means a disciplinary tribunal appointed by
the Commissioner under regulation 155;

“family” means an officer’s spouse and children, including
adopted children, his mother, father, brothers and sisters
who are living with and are solely dependent on him;

“forensic DNA analysis” has the same meaning assigned to it
under section 4 of the Administration of Justice
(Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Act;

“Medical Board” means a board for the medical
examination of an officer, which is appointed by the
Commissioner of Police;

“Minister” means the Minister to whom responsibility for
national security is assigned;

“non-intimate sample” has the same meaning assigned to it under
section 4 of the Administration of Justice (Deoxyribonucleic
Acid) Act;

“officer” means a police officer, other than the Commissioner of
Police or a Deputy Commissioner of Police;

“officer in the First Division” means a police officer who holds
an office specified in the First Schedule of the Act;

“officer in the Second Division” means a police officer who
holds an office specified in the Second Schedule of the Act;

“pensionable emoluments”, in respect of service in the Service,
means pay and personal allowance;

“Police Division” or “Division” means a Division determined by
the Minister under regulation 35(1);

“prescribed form” or “appropriate form” means such form as
may be prescribed by the Commissioner;

“Service” means the Police Service established under section
4(1) of the Act;

“spouse” includes a cohabitant;

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Qualification for
appointment as
trainee.

“trainee” means a person who is undergoing training with a view
to becoming an officer;

“transfer” means the movement of an officer from a Division or
Branch to another Division or Branch, or from a Police
Station to another.

PART I
RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

3. (1) A candidate for appointment as a trainee shall,
subject to regulation 4—
(a) be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago;
(b) be required to pass a medical examination

conducted by a Government Medical Officer
nominated for the purpose;

(c) be required to undergo a polygraph test,
psychological test and be tested for dangerous
drugs at the cost of the Service;

(d) be of good character as evidenced by a police
certificate of character;

(e) be not less than eighteen years and not more
than thirty-five years of age on the 1st January
of the year in which the appointment is made;

(f) in the case of—
(i) a male, be of good physique and at least

one hundred and sixty-seven centimetres
in height; or

(ii) a female, be of good physique and at least
one hundred and fifty centimetres in
height;

(g) possess passes in five subjects in the CXC
Examinations, including English Language, at
General Proficiency at Grade I, II, or III or at
Basic Proficiency at Grade I in all five subjects,
or five G.C.E. O’ Level passes, including
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Recruitment
procedure for
trainee.
Appendix A.

or produce proof of having reached an
equivalent or higher standard of education;

(h) possess a Trinidad and Tobago driver’s permit
with a class 3 endorsement to drive light motor
vehicles;

(i) be required to pass a physical examination and
an agility test; and

(j) be required to pass a written examination.
(2) A candidate who fulfils the requirements of
subregulation (1) may be enrolled as a trainee and shall be
required, if so enrolled, to submit a non-intimate sample for
forensic DNA analysis and to undergo a course of training at the
Police Academy.

4. (1) A person seeking to be a trainee shall complete an
application in the form set out in Appendix A and submit it to the
officer in charge of the Police Station nearest to which the
applicant resides.
(2) Application forms for recruitment shall be made
available at every Police Station.
(3) An application made under this Part shall be valid
for one year.
(4) The officer in charge of the Police Station shall
ensure that—
(a) each applicant is fingerprinted and traced;
(b) the necessary inquiries are made to determine

the correctness of the particulars of the
application and the suitability of each
applicant; and

(c) a report of the inquiries is prepared.
(5) The officer in charge of the Police Station shall submit
the application form together with a report of the inquiry as
required under subregulation (4) to the officer or person in charge
of the Police Academy, who shall be the Recruiting Officer.

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Qualification for
appointment as
Band
Apprentice.

(6) The Recruiting Officer shall review all the
applications and select those applicants who have met the
requirements under regulation 3(1), except the requirements
under subregulation (1)(c).
(7) The applicants who are selected under
subregulation (6) shall be interviewed by a panel appointed
by the Commissioner.
(8) The panel under subregulation (7) shall comprise of
the following five members:
(a) the Recruiting Officer, who shall be the

Chairman;
(b) a person appointed by the Commissioner from

the Police Academy;
(c) a police social worker;
(d) the Director Human Resource of the Police

Service; and
(e) a representative from the recognised Police

Service Association.
(9) The applicants who are assessed to be most suitable
by the panel shall undergo a polygraph test, a psychological test
and be tested for dangerous drugs at the cost of the Service.

5. A candidate for appointment as a Band Apprentice shall,
subject to regulation 6—
(a) be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago;
(b) be of good character as evidenced by a police

certificate of character;
(c) be not less than sixteen years and not more than

thirty years of age on the 1st January of the year
in which the appointment is made;

(d) possess a School Leaving Certificate or produce
proof of having reached an equivalent or higher
standard of education or be required to pass an
educational test to be set by the Commissioner; and

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(e) be required to pass a medical examination
conducted by a Government Medical Officer
nominated for the purpose.

6. (1) A person seeking to be a Band Apprentice shall
complete an application in the form set out in Appendix A with
such modifications as are applicable and submit it to the Director
of the Police Band.
(2) Application forms for recruitment as a Band
Apprentice shall be made available at every Police Station.
(3) An application made under this Part shall be valid
for one year.
(4) An applicant who fulfils the requirements of
regulation 5 shall be required to pass a musical test conducted by
the Director of the Police Band.
(5) The officer in charge of the Police Station nearest to
which the applicant resides shall, upon notice by the Director of
the Police Band, ensure that—
(a) each applicant is fingerprinted and traced;
(b) the necessary inquiries are made within a

reasonable time to ensure the correctness of the
particulars of the application and the suitability
of each applicant; and

(c) a report of the inquiries is prepared.
(6) The officer in charge of the Police Station shall
submit the report of the inquiry as required under subregulation
(5)(c) to the officer or person in charge of the Police Academy.
(7) The officer or person in charge of the Police
Academy shall review all the applications, and select those
applicants he considers most suitable.
(8) The applicants who are selected shall be interviewed
by a panel appointed by the Commissioner of which Director of
the Police Band shall be a member.

Recruitment
procedure for
Band
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Appointment
and discharge of
Band
Apprentice.

Service number
and name tag.

Appointment to
the First
Division.

(9) An applicant who is assessed as suitable at the
interview by the panel shall undergo a polygraph test, a
psychological test and be tested for dangerous drugs at the cost of
the Service.
7. (1) A candidate who fulfils the requirements of
regulations 5 and 6 may be enrolled as a Band Apprentice.
(2) The Commissioner shall determine the course and
period of training for a Band Apprentice and his appointment as
a Bandsman after consultation with the Director of the Police
Band based upon an assessment of the conduct, discipline,
musical ability and application of such Band Apprentice.
(3) No Band Apprentice shall be appointed a Bandsman
before he has attained the age of eighteen years.
(4) A Band Apprentice who fails to satisfy the
requirements of the course of training, or is otherwise not
considered fit to be a member of the Service, may be discharged
summarily by the Commissioner.
8. (1) An officer on first appointment shall be given a
service number, which he shall retain throughout his service, and
when such an officer leaves the Service the service number
issued to him shall not be reissued.
(2) An officer on first appointment shall be issued a
name tag.
(3) An officer below the rank of Inspector shall wear his
service number and name tag on such part of his uniform as may
be designated by the Commissioner.
(4) An officer of the rank of or above Inspector shall
wear his name tag and badge of rank on such part of his uniform
as may be designated by the Commissioner.
9. (1) A candidate for appointment to the First Division
may be selected from among—
(a) officers in the Second Division;
(b) persons outside of the Police Service.

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(2) An officer in the Second Division who is suitable
for appointment on the grounds of—
(a) experience, skills and merit; or
(b) having obtained a Bachelor Degree or produce

proof of having reached an equivalent or higher
standard of education from an institution
recognised by the Accreditation Council of
Trinidad and Tobago,

is eligible for appointment to the First Division.
(3) A person who is appointed under subregulation (1) is

required to undergo an appropriate course of training in police
duties, but the Commissioner may exempt from such training a
person appointed under subregulation (1)(a).
(4) A candidate referred to in subregulation (1)(b)
shall possess the qualification specified in regulation 3(1),
other than those specified in subregulations (g) and (j), and
a Bachelor’s Degree, or produce proof of having reached
an equivalent or higher standard of education from an
institution recognised by the Accreditation Council of
Trinidad and Tobago.

10. (1) An officer’s date of appointment shall normally
be the date on which he assumes the duties of the office to
which he has been appointed.
(2) If an officer is selected for appointment from outside
Trinidad and Tobago, the date of appointment shall be the date
specified in the letter of appointment.

PART II

PROBATION AND PROMOTION
11. The probationary period of a constable on first
appointment shall be a period of two years.

Date of
appointment.

Probation of
constable.

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Principles
applicable to
constable on
probation.

Probationary
assessment of
constable on
first
appointment.
Appendix B.

Dismissal of
constable on
probation.

12. The following principles shall be observed in respect of
a constable during his probationary period:
(a) the constable shall be given every opportunity to

learn his work and be tested as to his ability to
perform it;

(b) he shall be accorded all possible facilities for
acquiring experience in his duties; and

(c) he shall be subject to sympathetic supervision
so far as the exigencies of the Service permit
and be assigned to duty where such
supervision is possible.

13. In the case of a constable on probation, the senior officer
exercising control over that constable shall furnish to the
Commissioner two assessments in accordance with the form set
out in Appendix B—
(a) a first assessment after the constable has

completed one year of service, not later than one
month after the twelfth month; and

(b) a final assessment not earlier than six weeks nor
later than two weeks before the period of
probation expires.

14. (1) A constable who is on probation may, at any time
during the period of probation, be dismissed by the
Commissioner in accordance with the procedure prescribed in
this regulation.
(2) When the Commissioner decides to dismiss a
constable under subregulation (1), the Commissioner shall,
prior to the decision, give a written notice to the constable
specifying the reason and any relevant facts in detail for the
contemplated decision, and request the constable to respond
in writing within fourteen days of the date of the notice why
he ought not to be dismissed.

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(3) When the constable responds in writing, the
Commissioner shall consider the response and may conduct a
hearing before making his decision and the hearing shall be
conducted in accordance with the procedure set out in
regulations 160(2) to 166.
(4) When the constable fails to respond in writing, the
Commissioner shall make his decision and immediately in
writing inform the constable of the decision.
15. (1) All examinations in relation to the Second Division
shall be set and the papers marked by such Examination Board as
may be appointed for that purpose by the Commissioner.
(2) The Commissioner shall be responsible for the
conduct of examinations set under subregulation (1).
16. (1) An officer of the rank of Constable through to
Sergeant may apply on the prescribed form to the Commissioner
to be allowed to take the qualifying examination for promotion to
the next rank.
(2) An officer who is successful in the qualifying
examination may be considered for promotion in accordance
with regulation 20.
17. A constable shall not be considered for promotion unless
he has three years in the Service.

18. Where the Commissioner considers that there is no
suitable candidate already in the Service available for the
filling of any vacancy having regard to qualifications,
experience and merit and that it would be advantageous and in
the best interest of the Service that the services of a person not
already in the Service be secured, the Commissioner shall
advertise such vacancy.
19. (1) The Commissioner shall publish a Departmental
Order specifying the points system to be followed by a
supervising officer in the preparation of a performance
appraisal report.

Examination
Board.

Qualifying
examination.

Constable
eligible for
promotion after
three years of
service.
Advertisement
of vacancy.

Principles of
selection for
promotion to
and within the
First Division.

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(2) The points awarded to a police officer based on his
performance appraisal report shall represent twenty-five per cent
and the results of the promotional assessment process shall
represent seventy-five per cent of his final grade as stated in the
Order of Merit List mentioned in subregulation (9).
(3) A police officer shall not be considered for
promotion to and within the First Division unless he has attained
sixty or more points on his performance appraisal report.
(4) The promotional assessment process shall be
conducted by the person contracted, who shall appoint such
number of panels, comprising not less than three persons each, as
the person considers necessary, and the members of each panel
shall possess appropriate skills, expertise and qualification in
policing and particularly to the rank under consideration.
(5) The promotional assessment process shall comprise
of two stages as follows:
(a) stage one shall require every qualifying officer

to write a qualifying examination, from which
only the top performing candidates as
determined by the person shall proceed to stage
two; and

(b) stage two shall be a suitability assessment
process.

(6) To assess the competencies of an officer relevant to
the position for which he is being considered, the suitability
assessment process may include, inter alia, role play, exercises
dealing with hypothetical situations, and other appropriate
methods of assessment that are consistent with contemporary
professional standards and needs of policing.
(7) The person shall establish the competencies before
conducting the suitability assessment process and such
competencies shall be given in writing to each qualifying
candidate at least one week before the suitability assessment
process is conducted.

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Principles of
selection for
promotion to
and within the
Second
Division.

(8) The competencies, which may comprise core or
technical competencies, may include matters such as leadership,
communication, initiative, decision making, problem solving,
customer relations, integrity, and organisational awareness.
(9) Subject to subregulation (2), every officer considered
for promotion shall be rated according to the results of the
promotional assessment process specified in this regulation
together with the points awarded to him based on his performance
appraisal report and be placed on an Order of Merit List.
(10) The person shall, as soon as the promotional
assessment process is completed, submit the Order of Merit List
to the Commissioner, who shall immediately cause it to be
published in a Departmental Order.
(11) Subject to subregulation (12), an Order of Merit
List shall be valid for a period of twelve months from the date of
its publication under subregulation (10).
(12) The Commissioner may extend the validity of the
Order of Merit List before its expiration for a period not
exceeding one year.
(13) An officer who is not promoted during the twelve-
month period or such other period as ordered by the
Commissioner under subregulation (12) is required, to repeat the
promotional assessment process.
(14) Where the officer mentioned in subregulation (13)
successfully completes the promotional assessment process for
three consecutive times and is not promoted, he shall be paid a
qualifying allowance as from the date of the third occasion on
which his name is placed on the Order of Merit List, and
regulation 65(3), (4) and (5) shall apply to him as it applies to an
officer under regulation 65.
20. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), the Promotion
Advisory Board shall interview—
(a) an officer who has passed the qualifying

examination for promotion and is
recommended for promotion by the officer in
charge of his Division or Branch;

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(b) an officer who was allocated fifty or more
points at the previous interview; and

(c) an officer who is eligible under subregulation (3).
(2) An officer shall not be interviewed by the Board
unless he has been allocated forty or more points by the Board
based on the criteria, other than the interview, listed in
subregulation (5).
(3) Subject to subregulation (2), an officer who is
allocated less than sixty points is eligible to be interviewed at the
next sitting of the Board.
(4) Every officer considered for promotion shall be
rated according to the criteria specified in subregulation (5) and
each officer who is allocated sixty or more points shall be placed
on an Order of Merit List.
(5) The criteria mentioned in subregulation (4) shall be
as follows:

Maximum Points
Performance appraisal 40
Interview 25
Examination mark 35

(6) The Board shall submit the Order of Merit List to
the Commissioner, who shall cause it to be published in a
Departmental Order.

21. (1) An officer who is promoted to an office shall serve
a probationary period of twelve months in the office to which he
is promoted.
(2) Where an officer is promoted to an office in which
he has performed the duties, whether in an acting or temporary
capacity, for a period of equal or longer duration than the
prescribed period of probation, immediately preceding the
promotion, the officer shall not be required to serve the
probationary period.

Probation on
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Performance
appraisal report.

Confirmation of
appointment.

Extension of
probation.

Incremental date
where period of
probation
extended.

(3) Where an officer is promoted to an office in which
immediately preceding the promotion he has acted for a period
less than twelve months, the period of acting service shall be
offset against the prescribed period of probation.
(4) Where an officer is promoted before he has
completed the period of probation in his former office, the
unserved portion of that period of probation shall be
waived and the officer is deemed to have been confirmed in
that appointment.

22. In the case of an officer serving a twelve-month period
of probation, the senior officer in charge of that officer shall
furnish to the Commissioner a performance appraisal report one
month before the period of probation expires.

23. If, after consideration of the final report of the senior
officer, the Commissioner is satisfied that the officer’s
probationary service has been satisfactory, he shall be confirmed
in his appointment with effect from the date of appointment.

24. If the Commissioner is not satisfied that the officer’s
probationary service has been satisfactory, the period of
probation may be extended for one further period of six months.

25. Where an officer’s period of probation has been
extended and he is subsequently confirmed in his
appointment, the Commissioner may direct that the officer’s
increment be paid—
(a) with effect from the date following that on

which the extended period of probation expired
without change in the incremental date; or

(b) with effect from the date following that on
which the extended period of probation
expired, that date would then become his
incremental date.

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Commissioner
to keep record.

Secondment.

26. The Commissioner shall keep a record of every officer
who has been appointed on probation.

PART III

SECONDMENT
27. (1) An officer who is seconded to an office in the Public
Service shall be paid the salary applicable to that office and is
eligible for any increments payable to the holder of that office.
(2) The remuneration of an officer on secondment to an
office out of the Service shall be paid by the receiving Ministry,
public body or authority.
(3) During the period of secondment of an officer out of
the Service, the officer shall continue to hold his substantive
office in the Service and, notwithstanding his absence from the
Service, is eligible for promotion.
(4) The period of service of an officer while on
secondment shall be taken into account when calculating his
pension where the secondment is to an office in another service
of the Government or where the receiving public body or
authority makes the appropriate arrangement for the preservation
of the officer’s pensionable service.
(5) An officer on secondment to an office in the Service
is eligible for the leave applicable to that office and while on such
leave he is entitled to be paid the salary payable to the holder of
that office.
(6) An officer who has completed a period of
secondment outside of the Service and who returns to the Service
shall revert to the point in the salary scale in respect of his
substantive office which he would have reached if he had not
been seconded.
(7) A period of secondment shall not exceed two years.

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Resignation.

Abandonment.

Reasons for
termination of
appointment.

PART IV

RESIGNATION, RETIREMENT AND TERMINATION OF
APPOINTMENT

28. (1) An officer who intends to resign shall send by
registered mail or deliver a written notice of his intention to
resign to the office of the Commissioner at least one month
before the date on which he wishes to relinquish his appointment,
but the Commissioner may waive the requirement of notice in
whole or in part if he thinks fit.
(2) Notwithstanding regulation 82, an officer who fails
without reasonable cause to comply with subregulation (1) may
forfeit all leave and the benefits and privileges accruing to him in
respect of leave.
(3) An officer is not entitled, except with the permission
of the Commissioner, to withdraw his notice of resignation.

29. (1) An officer who is absent from duty without leave for
seven consecutive days, during which time he has failed to notify
his senior officer of the cause of his absence, may be declared by
the Commissioner to have abandoned his office, whether he
holds a permanent, temporary, or contractual appointment, and
thereupon the office becomes vacant and the officer ceases to be
an officer.
(2) When an officer abandons his office under
subregulation (1), regulation 28(2) shall apply to him and he shall
be considered to be discreditably discharged.

30. Subject to regulations 28, 29, 31, 32 and 33(2), the services
of an officer may be terminated for the following reasons:
(a) where he holds a permanent appointment—
(i) on dismissal in consequence of

disciplinary proceedings;
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Retirement in
the public
interest.

(b) where he holds a temporary appointment—
(i) on the expiry or other termination of an

appointment for a specified period;
(ii) where the office itself is of a temporary

nature and is no longer necessary;
(iii) on the termination of appointment in the

case of an officer on probation;
(iv) on the termination of appointment in the

case of an officer holding a non-
pensionable office with no service in a
pensionable office;

(v) on dismissal or removal in consequence
of disciplinary proceedings;

(c) where he is on contract, his services shall be
terminated in accordance with the terms of the
contract;

(d) whether he holds a permanent, temporary or
contractual appointment, where he is convicted
for a criminal offence which carries a penalty of
six or more months of imprisonment.

31. (1) Where it is represented to the Commissioner that it
is in the public interest that an officer should be required to retire
from the Service on grounds which cannot suitably be dealt with
under any of these Regulations, the Commissioner shall call for
a report on the officer from his supervising officer and shall take
into account the officer’s record during the preceding five years
or, where the officer has less than five years service, his record
during his period of service.
(2) If after considering the report and record mentioned
in subregulation (1) and giving the officer an opportunity of
submitting a reply, the Commissioner is satisfied that it is in the
public interest to retire the officer, the officer shall be required to
retire on such date as the Commissioner shall determine, and he
shall be retired accordingly.

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Termination of
appointment on
grounds of
inefficiency.

Medical Board.

(3) Where an officer is examined by a Medical Board on
two or more occasions and is found fit for service but continues
to be absent from duty on the ground of ill health for a cumulative
period of six months during a single twelve-month period, he
shall be considered for retirement in the public interest, subject
to a comprehensive review of his performance by the
Commissioner and after giving the officer an opportunity to
be heard.

32. (1) The Commissioner may terminate the appointment
of an officer on grounds of reported inefficiency and having
regard to the officer’s job performance and, where applicable,
his performance appraisal reports.
(2) Where the senior officer in charge of an officer
makes a recommendation in writing to the Commissioner that the
appointment of the officer should be terminated on grounds of
inefficiency, the officer shall be informed in writing by the senior
officer of such recommendation and be given an opportunity to
make representation thereon to the Commissioner.
(3) Where the officer makes representation under
subregulation (2), the representation shall be forwarded in its
original form to the Commissioner.
(4) The Commissioner may, upon receipt of the
recommendation under subregulation (2), cause an investigation
to be made before making a final decision.

33. (1) A Medical Board shall be appointed whenever it is
necessary for an officer to be examined with a view to
ascertaining whether he should be retired on grounds of ill health.
(2) An officer may be required by the Commissioner to
undergo a medical examination by a Medical Board at any time.
(3) An officer who is required to undergo a medical
examination shall submit himself to be examined by a Medical
Board at such time and place as the Commissioner may direct.

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Unit Officer.

Police Division,
District, Station,
etc.

(4) Where a Medical Board is convened in accordance
with subregulation (1), the Commissioner shall make available to
the Board the medical record of the officer, and any further
relevant information that would assist the Board with its findings.
(5) Where an officer, through refusal or neglect to obtain
specialist advice or to obtain treatment when so recommended by
the Medical Board, falls sick and in consequence is unable to
perform his duties, the Commissioner may direct that the period
during which he is unable to perform his duties shall be counted
as leave without pay.

34. (1) An officer who is medically boarded and found unfit
for further service shall not be allowed to remain on duty, and
shall be granted such vacation leave and accumulated vacation
leave for which he is eligible or two months’ leave, whichever is
the greater, as from the date on which he is notified of his
unfitness for further duty.
(2) Upon the expiration of the leave referred to in
subregulation (1), the services of the officer shall be terminated,
with such benefits that may have accrued to him.

PART V

POLICE DIVISION, DISTRICT, STATION, ETC.
35. (1) For the purpose of the Act and these Regulations,
there shall be such Divisions and Branches as may be determined
by the Minister.
(2) Each Division shall be sub-divided into Police
Districts and there shall be one or more Police Stations in each
District as approved by the Minister.
(3) The Commissioner shall publish the boundaries of
Police Divisions and Police Districts in the Gazette.
(4) The Commissioner may establish such
Administrative or Operational Units in the Service as approved
by the Minister.

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Assignment of
officers to
Districts, etc.

Building for use
of Police
Service.

Allowance for
trainee.

Salary of officer
on first
appointment.

Salary on
promotion.

Date of payment
of salary.

36. The Commissioner may assign any number of officers
for duty to Divisions, Branches, Stations or other Administrative
or Operational Units, as he considers necessary for the efficient
functioning of the Service.

37. (1) The Minister may assign, for the use of the Service,
such buildings as may be provided or made available for that
purpose, and may make such further provision for the
accommodation, training and hospitalisation of officers as may
be necessary.
(2) The Minister of Health shall approve a building or
other accommodation mentioned in subregulation (1).

PART VI
SALARIES, INCREMENTS, ADVANCES, AND

ALLOWANCES
SALARIES

38. A trainee shall receive an allowance, to be called a
trainee allowance, at a rate approved by the Minister of Finance.

39. The salary of an officer on first appointment shall be
computed from the date of his assumption of duties as an officer.

40. On promotion, an officer shall receive the salary attached
to the office to which he is promoted from the effective date of
his promotion or from the date he assumes the duties of the office
as may be specified in his letter of promotion.

41. (1) Salaries shall be paid to officers on the day
immediately preceding the last business day of the month, but if
the last business day falls on a Monday, salary shall be paid on
the preceding Friday or the day preceding that day if Friday is a
public holiday.
(2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), the Minister
of Finance may vary the date on which salaries shall be paid
in any month.

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Reversion to
substantive
office.

Deductions
from salary.

(3) An officer who is proceeding on vacation leave on a
date prior to the normal date on which salaries are to be paid for
that month, and who will be on leave on the appointed pay day,
may be paid his salary for that particular month in advance of the
normal pay day, if arrangements cannot otherwise conveniently
be made for payment of his salary in accordance with
subregulation (1) or (2).
(4) Subregulation (3) shall apply only in respect of the
first month of the officer’s vacation leave.

42. When an officer reverts to his substantive office on
the termination of his acting appointment he shall be paid
the salary in his substantive office, which he would have
received, had he not been given an acting appointment in a
higher office.

43. (1) No money shall be deducted from an officer’s
salary without prior notice in writing to him of not less than
one month.
(2) The Minister of Finance shall determine the type of
deduction which may be permitted to be accommodated on the
paysheet as an approved deduction.
(3) No twi ths t and ing subregu la t ion (1 ) , t he
Commissioner may—
(a) deduct from the salary of an officer all fines and

penalties imposed as a result of disciplinary
action taken in accordance with these
Regulations;

(b) deduct from the salary of an officer all
overpayments of salary in accordance with any
written law and may make such other
deductions as are approved by the Minister of
Finance towards the reduction or repayment of
outstanding debts due to the State.

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Principles of
conversion.

INCREMENTS

44. (1) Where an officer is promoted his salary shall be
adjusted as follows:
(a) where the salary which the officer was receiving

in the lower office immediately prior to
promotion was less than the minimum salary of
the higher office, then the officer shall on
promotion be paid the minimum salary of the
higher office; but if the additional amount due to
the officer is less than the value of one
increment in the salary range of the lower office,
he shall move up to the next higher point in the
salary range;

(b) where the salary which the officer was receiving
in the lower office immediately prior to
promotion was the same as the minimum salary
of the higher office, then the officer’s salary on
promotion shall be adjusted to the next
incremental point in the salary range of the
higher office;

(c) where the salary which the officer was receiving
in the lower office immediately prior to
promotion was more than the minimum salary
of the higher office, then the officer’s salary on
promotion shall first be adjusted to the
incremental point in the higher salary range
immediately above his salary and then be
further adjusted to the next incremental point in
the higher salary range.

(2) After conversion in accordance with subregulation (1),
the officer’s salary shall be further adjusted to the next point in the
salary range of the office to which he has been promoted on the date
on which his next increment would have become due to him in the
post from which he was promoted, and subsequent increments shall
accrue to him on the anniversary of that date.

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Additional
provision as to
conversion.

Payment of
increment.

(3) When an officer is promoted on the date on which he
was due an increment in the office from which he was promoted
he shall first be granted an increment on that date and then his
salary shall be adjusted in accordance with subregulation (1), and
in such a case the officer shall retain the date of his promotion as
his incremental date.

45. Where an officer has been acting in a higher office
immediately before his appointment to that office or to an office
in the same salary range as that office, he shall convert to the
higher salary range in the same manner as is provided in
regulation 44(1).

46. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), where an officer holds
an office that has a salary range, increments shall be paid to such
officer, on the completion of each year of satisfactory service
until he has reached the maximum of the salary range, and the
increments paid shall be in the amounts prescribed for the
particular office.
(2) Increments shall be earned, and a year of service
shall be taken to be satisfactory only if the Commissioner has
satisfied himself and has certified on the prescribed form that the
officer has during such year performed his duties with efficiency
and diligence and that his conduct during the period has been
satisfactory.
(3) In determining whether the service of an officer
during a year has been satisfactory, the Commissioner may not
take into account a specific act of delinquency if the officer
qualified for an increment in other respects.
(4) The Commissioner shall sign the increment
certificate on the prescribed form, effective from the date
when the officer’s increment becomes due, and shall attach
the said certificate to the paysheet for the month in which the
increment accrues.

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Increment while
acting. 47. (1) Subject to this regulation, an officer who isappointed to act in a higher office shall be paid increments in that

higher office and shall continue to draw increments in his
substantive office.
(2) Where an officer—
(a) was not earning increments in his substantive

office, and the office in which he is acting has a
salary range, he shall receive an increment in the
higher salary range on the anniversary date of
his acting appointment;

(b) has reached the maximum salary of his
substantive office, which maximum may be
equal to or greater than the minimum but less
than the maximum of the higher office, he shall
receive an increment in the higher salary range
as stated in paragraph (a).

(3) The grant of an increment under subregulation (2)(a)
or (b) shall be subject to the—
(a) officer acting continuously for a period of

twelve months in the higher office; and
(b) issue of an increment certificate certifying

satisfactory service on the prescribed form by
the Commissioner.

(4) The period of continuous acting mentioned in
subregulation (3) shall not be considered to have been broken if
the officer is granted normal sick leave, paternity or maternity
leave during the acting appointment.
(5) Where an officer has been acting in a higher office
for more than twelve months and, in accordance with
subregulation (2), is in receipt of increments in such office, he
shall continue to receive such increments after a break in the
acting appointment, but only if—
(a) he resumed acting in the same higher office or in

a higher office in the same salary range within
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Incremental
date—general.

Incremental
date—on
probation.

Application for
advance.

Payment of
advance.

(b) the break was caused by his proceeding on leave
of any type for a period not exceeding one year
and he resumes duty in the higher office within
six months of his resumption of duty.

48. (1) An officer who is transferred from one office to
another office that has the same salary range shall retain the
incremental date of the office from which he was transferred.
(2) Where an officer has been acting in an office
immediately before his appointment to it, his incremental date
shall be the anniversary date of his acting appointment, if it is
more advantageous to him, instead of the date on which his
next increment would have become due in the post from which
he was promoted.
49. (1) Subject to this regulation, an officer appointed or
promoted on probation to an office shall not be granted an
increment until he has been confirmed.
(2) Upon confirmation, an officer’s incremental date
shall be the anniversary of the date of appointment or in the case
of promotion, in accordance with regulation 44(2).

ADVANCES

50. An application for an advance under regulation 49 shall
be made to the Comptroller of Accounts.
51. (1) An advance not exceeding one month’s salary may
be paid to an officer proceeding on vacation leave of not less
than fourteen days to be spent either out of Trinidad and
Tobago or in Trinidad and Tobago but away from his ordinary
place of residence.
(2) An advance paid under subregulation (1) shall be
paid to the officer either in Trinidad and Tobago before he
proceeds on leave or at his request while he is abroad on leave.
(3) An advance not exceeding one month’s salary may be
made to an officer through a Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Mission
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Acting
allowance.

Grant for
funeral
expenses.

Hardship
allowance.

(4) Interest is payable on any advance made under this
regulation, at such rates as the Minister of Finance may determine.
(5) An advance paid under this regulation, together with

interest thereon, shall be repaid in not more than twelve monthly
instalments or over such longer period of time as may be fixed by
the Minister of Finance, the first instalment falling due at the end
of the month following that in which the officer resumes duty.
(6) The Minister of Finance may authorise an advance
for any purpose other than those specified in this regulation,
under terms and conditions to be fixed by him.

ALLOWANCES

52. (1) An officer appointed to act in an office in a salary
range that is higher than that of his substantive office shall, with
effect from the date of the commencement of his acting
appointment, if the actual salary he is drawing in his substantive
office is less than the minimum salary of the office in which he is
appointed to act, receive the minimum salary of the higher office.
(2) An additional payment made under this regulation to
an officer appointed to act in a higher office, that is over and
above what he should have drawn in his substantive office, is
deemed to be an acting allowance payable to him.
53. A grant shall be made at such sum as may be approved
by the Minister of Finance to assist in defraying the funeral
expenses of an officer who dies while in service.
54. (1) An officer who is transferred and as a result suffers
hardship, whether or not he is separated from his family, shall, on
application by him, be granted a hardship allowance on the same
basis as applicable to a separated officer but for such period of
time as the Commissioner may direct.
(2) An application for a hardship allowance shall be
submitted monthly on the prescribed form to the Commissioner,
and, except in special circumstances, no claim shall be
entertained that is made later than three months after the period
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Housing
allowance. 55. (1) An officer who is not provided with appropriatequarters under regulation 114 shall be paid a housing allowance

at such rates as may be approved by the Minister of Finance.
(2) An officer who marries shall report in writing to the
Commissioner the fact of his marriage within three months of his
marriage, and the report shall be supported by a marriage
certificate.
(3) Where an officer fails to comply with
subregulation (2), the housing allowance shall be payable
only for the preceding three months from the date of
compliance with subregulation (2).
(4) An officer shall not receive a housing allowance
payable to a married officer and a housing allowance payable to
an unmarried officer for the same period of time.
(5) Where an officer is married to another officer, each
officer shall be paid the housing allowance payable to an
unmarried officer.
(6) An officer, in receipt of a housing allowance,
who is—
(a) widowed;
(b) divorced; or
(c) legally separated,
shall report the fact to the Commissioner within one month of the
occurrence of the event.
(7) Subject to subregulation (8), an officer mentioned in
subregulation (6) shall be paid the housing allowance applicable
to a married police officer up to the end of the month in which the
officer became widowed, divorced or legally separated, and
thereafter the officer shall be paid the housing allowance
applicable to an unmarried police officer.
(8) The officer mentioned in subregulation (6) may be
allowed to continue to receive the housing allowance applicable
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Plain clothes
allowance.

Proficiency
allowance.

Temporary
separation
allowance.

marriage or legally adopted children who are dependant on the
officer until each child attains the age of eighteen or marries,
whichever event occurs first.
(9) An officer occupying rent-free quarters is not
entitled to any housing allowance.
(10) For the purpose of subregulations (2), (3) and (4),
marriage includes cohabitation.

56. (1) An officer required to do duty in plain clothes shall
be so authorised in writing by the Commissioner.
(2) An officer required to do duty in plain clothes shall
be paid a plain clothes allowance at such rates as may be
approved by the Minister of Finance for such part of a month in
which he is so required to wear plain clothes, but such an
allowance shall not be paid to an officer for any month in which
he is required to wear plain clothes for a period of less than
seven days.

57. (1) A proficiency allowance at rates approved by the
Minister of Finance may be granted to an officer performing
specified duties.
(2) Subject to subregulation (1), an officer who goes on
sick leave or vacation leave may continue to be paid a proficiency
allowance but only if the period for which he is on vacation leave
or sick leave does not exceed fourteen days.

58. (1) An officer shall be considered to be “separated”
from his family if, as a result of an appointment or transfer, he
is compelled to take up residence in another Division, District,
Branch or Section without being able to take his family with
him, because—
(a) suitable accommodation cannot be found

immediately in the new Division, District,
Branch or Section for his family;

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Conditions
attached to
payment of
temporary
separation
allowance.

(b) it would not be reasonable to expect the officer
to remove his family from his present
residence; or

(c) he could not reasonably be expected to travel
daily from his present residence to the new
Division, District, Branch or Section.

(2) A separated officer may be paid a temporary
separation allowance related to the additional expenditure
incurred by him in maintaining two households.

59. The payment of a temporary separation allowance shall
be subject to the following conditions:
(a) it shall not exceed the maximum amount fixed

by the Minister of Finance;
(b) in the case of an appointment or transfer which

is known to be permanent, it shall be paid for a
period not exceeding three months;

(c) in the case of an appointment or transfer which
is known to be or turns out to have been
temporary, it shall be paid for a period not
exceeding six months;

(d) extensions of the period of payment as provided
for in paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be made only
on the authority of the Chief Personnel Officer,
to whom application by the officer shall be
made promptly with full supporting reasons for
the grant of an extension of time;

(e) no allowance shall be paid where the period of
separation is less than one month;

(f) the officer claiming the allowance shall be
required to produce a certified statement,
supported by payment receipts where possible,
showing the additional expenditure involved in
having to maintain two households;

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Application for
temporary
separation
allowance.

Charges for
extra duty
prescribed.

(g) the allowance granted shall be a sum equivalent
to the additional expenditure incurred, but not
exceeding the maximum amount fixed by the
Minister of Finance;

(h) an officer shall not receive both temporary
separation allowance and subsistence allowance
in respect of the same period.

60. An application for a temporary separation allowance
shall be submitted monthly by a separated officer on the
prescribed form to the Chief Personnel Officer through the
Commissioner, and, except in special circumstances, no
application shall be entertained which is not made within three
months after the period to which the claims relates.

61. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), the Commissioner may,
at the written request of an organiser of such entertainment,
bazaars, private assemblies or other occasions or functions as are
approved by the Commissioner, provide for the services of
officers for the purpose of preserving order at such entertainment,
bazaars, private assemblies, other occasions or functions, and for
performing such extra duties as the Commissioner may
determine, on the payment of such rates as the Minister of
Finance may prescribe.
(2) An officer shall not be deputed for extra duty under
subregulation (1) unless he voluntarily undertakes such extra duty.
(3) An officer may only perform extra duty under
subregulation (1) outside his official duty hours.
(4) Where an officer is deputed for extra duty under
subregulation (1) he shall be paid for his service at the rate of
ninety per cent of the charges levied under subregulation (1) and
the remaining ten per cent shall be paid into the Award Fund.
(5) Nothing in this regulation shall apply in the case of
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Subsistence and
meal
allowances.

Special duty
allowance.
[23/2012].

Allowance for
travelling
abroad on
official
business.

Attorney
allowance.

Qualifying
allowance.

of a private Government function, the Commissioner may levy
charges in accordance with subregulation (1) and make payments
in accordance with subregulation (4).
(6) An officer who volunteers and is deputed for extra
duty under subregulation (1) shall report for duty as required.
62. An officer shall be paid subsistence and meal allowances
at a rate approved by the Minister of Finance.
62A. (1) An officer shall be paid a special duty allowance at
a rate approved by the Minister of Finance.
(2) The payments of the special duty allowance to
officers from 1st October 2010 to the coming into force of these
Regulations are validated.
63. An officer who is required to travel abroad on official
business is entitled to such allowance as may be approved by the
Minister of Finance.
64. Notwithstanding his rank in the Police Service, an officer
who is an Attorney-at-law and who is assigned to the legal
department of the Service or who is not so assigned but is
required to perform duties as an Attorney-at-law shall be paid an
allowance, to be called an attorney allowance, at a rate approved
by the Minister of Finance.
65. (1) Where an officer above the rank of constable is not
promoted within three years after being interviewed by the Board
for promotion, he shall, subject to regulation 20(4), be paid a
qualifying allowance as from the third anniversary of the date of
the examination.
(2) Where a constable is not promoted within three
years after being recommended by the Board for promotion, he
shall be paid a qualifying allowance as from the third anniversary
of the date of the recommendation.
(3) The qualifying allowance shall be equal to an
increment payable in the officer’s salary range.

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Work week and
working hours.

(4) When an officer, who is in receipt of the qualifying
allowance, is promoted he shall not be paid such an allowance
from the date of his promotion.
(5) Where an officer is in receipt of the qualifying

allowance on the date of his retirement and has been receiving
this allowance for not less than three years from that date, the
allowance shall be regarded as part of his salary for the purpose
of computing his pension and gratuity.

PART VII

HOURS OF WORK, RECORDS OF PERSONNEL AND
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS

HOURS OF WORK

66. (1) For the purpose of these Regulations, a week shall
consist of seven days, the normal working hours of which shall
be forty hours.
(2) The normal daily period of duty for an officer in the
Second Division shall not exceed eight hours, and this may be
performed in one tour.
(3) An officer shall not normally be required to be on
duty beyond a period of four hours without having a break of at
least one hour after the end of such period.
(4) The period of time taken as a break shall not be
considered as part of the period of eight hours making up the
normal daily period of duty.
(5) Every officer in the Second Division shall be granted
in respect of any one week, two full days free from duty to be
known as “weekly rest days” provided always that the normal
work week is not reduced to less than forty hours.
(6) The weekly rest days shall be in lieu of Saturdays
and Sundays, any of which may be counted as a weekly rest day
if taken as such.

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Officer may be
required to
report for duty
at any time.

Transfer.

Personal record.

(7) An officer in the Second Division shall in respect of
work in excess of forty hours a week—
(a) be given commuted overtime pay or allowance

at rates approved by the Minister of Finance;
(b) be granted compensatory time off; or
(c) where such time off is not practicable, be paid

overtime pay at rates approved by the Minister
of Finance.

(8) The time limit for determining whether
compensatory time off may be granted shall be fixed by
agreement between the Chief Personnel Officer and the
appropriate recognised association.
(9) Except in special circumstances, no overtime claim
shall be allowed if submitted after six months from the date the
overtime was earned.
67. Notwithstanding anything contained in these Regulations
relating to hours of work, an officer may be required to report for
duty at any time if the exigencies of the Service so require.
68. (1) Where the Commissioner proposes to transfer an
officer, the Commissioner shall make an order of transfer in
writing and shall give not less than fourteen days notice to the
officer who is to be transferred.
(2) In considering the transfer of an officer the

Commissioner shall take into account any hardship that such
transfer may occasion.
(3) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), where the
exigencies of the Service so require, the Commissioner may
transfer an officer without notice.

RECORDS OF PERSONNEL

69. (1) The Commissioner shall keep a personal record of
each officer and it shall contain—
(a) a description of the officer;
(b) any change of name of the officer;

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(c) the officer’s place and date of birth;
(d) particulars of marriage, if any, and children,

if any;
(e) a record of service, if any, in any Naval, Military

or Air Forces of a Commonwealth territory or in
the Public Service;

(f) a record of service, if any, in any other police
service;

(g) a record of the results of examinations at which
the officer was a candidate; and

(h) a record of service in the Service including
particulars of all promotions, transfers,
removals, injuries received, commendations,
awards, punishments other than cautions, acting
appointments, sick leave, academic
qualifications, special or technical skills and
training, and the date of his ceasing to be a
member of the Service with the reason thereof.

(2) The Head of the Division or Branch under whom
an officer on his first appointment is first transferred shall
cause to be maintained a Divisional or Branch file, and on the
officer’s transfer from that Division or Branch, his Divisional
or Branch file shall be sent direct to the Head of his new
Division or Branch.
(3) An inset sheet with comments by the Head of the
Division or Branch shall be kept for each officer in a Division or
Branch, and on his transfer from a Division or Branch the
officer’s inset sheet shall be sent as part of his Divisional or
Branch file direct to the Head of his new Division or Branch.
(4) An officer may at his request in writing and at a time
convenient to the Administration be allowed to peruse his
personal record.
(5) An officer shall be informed in writing of any
adverse reports or any commendations that are made on his inset
sheet or personal record.

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70. (1) An officer who leaves the Service may be given a
certificate of service stating his office and special skills and
setting out the period of his service and in any other police
service and the reason, cause or manner for his leaving
the Service.
(2) The Commissioner may append to such
certificate a recommendation with respect to the officer’s
efficiency and conduct.
(3) The personal record of a police officer who
leaves the Police Service shall be kept for twenty years by
the Commissioner who shall then forward it to the
Government Archivist.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS

71. (1) A performance appraisal report shall—
(a) be in such form as may be prescribed by

the Commissioner;
(b) be made in respect of each officer whether

he holds a permanent or temporary or an
acting appointment or is employed for a
specified period;

(c) provide for communication to the officer of the
nature of his job performance for the period
under review, and his career potential; and

(d) ensure the officer’s participation in the
establishment of the standards required in order
that his job performance and career potential are
accurately evaluated by the persons specified in
the form.

(2) The officer in charge of the Division or Branch shall
forward to the Commissioner in each year—
(a) in respect of each officer who is within the scale

of pay, a performance appraisal report not later
than sixty days before an increment is due to an
officer; and

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given.

Performance
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(b) in respect of each officer who is at the maximum
in the scale of pay or who receives a fixed pay,
a performance appraisal report not later than the
anniversary of the date of appointment of an
officer to the office.

(3) A performance appraisal report shall relate to
the period of service during the immediately preceding
twelve months.
(4) The Commissioner shall cause an assessment of the
job performance and career potential of each officer to be made
by the officer identified as the reporting officer in the
performance appraisal report.
(5) A reporting officer shall, after ensuring that proper
communication has occurred with the officer being assessed
concerning that officer’s job performance, record in the
performance appraisal report—
(a) the strengths and weaknesses of that

officer’s job performance based on the
duties and standards previously agreed upon
with that officer;

(b) the means, if any, by which the officer’s job
performance may be improved or his job
satisfaction may be enhanced;

(c) the training and developmental needs of that
officer within the Service;

(d) the future career potential of that officer and
how it may be developed; and

(e) the duties and standards of performance
required of that officer for the next year.

(6) The reporting officer shall ensure that any
commendation or award given to the officer shall be recorded in
that officer’s performance appraisal report.
(7) The officer being appraised may comment on the
performance appraisal report on any aspect of it, whether it is
satisfactory or not, and shall sign it.

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Officer to be
informed of
adverse report.

Annual
increments.

(8) Notwithstanding regulation 191, and for the purpose
of this regulation, an officer who is dissatisfied with his
performance appraisal report is entitled to make a written
complaint directly to an officer of a rank higher than the officer
in charge of his Division or Branch.
(9) The officer who makes a complaint under
subregulation (8) shall set out the specific nature of his
dissatisfaction and is entitled to be heard by the officer to whom
he has made the complaint and who shall make a final decision
on the matter.

72. In order that an officer may be given every opportunity
to correct any shortcomings which he might evince during the
course of the twelve-month period of service to be reported on
under regulation 71, the officer in charge of his Division or
Branch shall cause the officer to be informed in writing when—
(a) such shortcomings are noticed;
(b) adverse markings are included in the

performance appraisal report before he submits
the report to the Commissioner.

73. (1) A performance appraisal report made in respect of an
officer under regulation 71 shall be the basis for determining the
eligibility of an officer for an increment.
(2) Where the officer in charge of a Division or Branch,
in a report made under regulation 71, recommends that an
increment ought not to be granted, he shall notify the officer in
writing, not later than sixty days before the increment is due, of
the reasons for which he considers that the increment ought not
to be granted.
(3) Where an officer is notified under subregulation (2),
he may, within seven days of the receipt of such notification,
make representations in writing through the officer in charge of
his Division or Branch to the Commissioner.
(4) An annual increment shall not be suspended except
on the authority of the Commissioner.

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Leave to be
granted in
accordance with
this Part.

(5) Where the Commissioner, after considering any
representation by an officer made under subregulation (3), supports
the recommendation of the officer in charge of his Division or
Branch referred to in subregulation (2), or where in the opinion of
the Commissioner a report made under regulation 71 does not
justify the payment of an increment to the officer, the
Commissioner shall notify the officer in writing of his decision to
suspend the payment of the increment.
(6) Subject to subregulation (7), the Commissioner may
suspend the payment of an increment under subregulation (5) for
a period not exceeding six months.
(7) Where the Commissioner suspends an increment to
an officer under subregulation (5) for a specified period, the
officer in charge of the Division or Branch shall, not less than
thirty days before the expiration of the specified period, make a
report on such officer and if in the opinion of the Commissioner—
(a) the report justifies the payment of the increment,

the Commissioner shall grant the increment
which shall be payable from the date from
which it is granted; or

(b) the report does not justify the payment of the
increment, the Commissioner may suspend the
payment of the increment for a further period
not exceeding six months.

(8) Where the Commissioner suspends the payment of
an increment to an officer under this regulation, the suspension
shall not affect the officer’s incremental date.

PART VIII

VACATION LEAVE, SPECIAL LEAVE, AND
MEDICAL MATTERS

74. (1) Subject to subregulations (2) and (3), and unless
otherwise stated in these Regulations, leave of absence may be
granted to an officer to the extent and under such conditions as
are provided in this Part.

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Eligibility for
vacation leave.

Vacation leave
entitlement.

Ch. 23:52.

(2) Leave, other than sick leave, injury leave and
maternity leave, shall be granted subject to the exigencies of
the Service.
(3) The Commissioner shall determine whether the
exigencies of the Service are such as to enable an officer to
proceed on leave at any given time.
(4) The Commissioner may, if the exigencies of the
Service so require—
(a) cancel any leave already granted;
(b) recall to duty an officer who has proceeded on

leave.
VACATION LEAVE

75. (1) An officer is eligible for vacation leave each year
only after the completion of one year of service.
(2) Where an officer has been recalled from vacation
leave, he is eligible for the unexpired period of such leave.
(3) An officer who is recalled from vacation leave shall
be reimbursed for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses,
including actual financial loss sustained as a consequence of the
decision to recall him from such leave.
(4) The period of training undertaken by a trainee who
is appointed as an officer shall be considered in the computation
of that officer’s vacation leave.

76. (1) An officer is entitled to vacation leave each year as
follows:

Grade Years of Service Working Days
1–9 1–10 28 working days
1–9 Over 10 years 35 working days

(2) In computing length of service for the purpose of
subregulation (1), service shall include “other public service” and
“service in the group” as defined in section 2 of the Pensions Act.

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Vacation leave
not to be earned
while on leave.

Vacation leave
to be taken
annually.

Deferment of
vacation leave.

Casual absences
to be deducted
from vacation
leave.

Non-forfeiture
of vacation
leave earned.

(3) In calculating vacation leave, Saturdays, Sundays
and public holidays shall not be counted.
(4) No more than fifteen per cent of the officers assigned
to any Division or Branch may be granted leave at any one time.

77. An officer shall not earn vacation leave while on
vacation leave or extended sick leave.

78. Subject to the exigencies of the Service, an officer shall
proceed on annual vacation leave as provided for in regulation
76(1), and where the leave taken is less than his maximum leave,
the amount of leave taken shall be deducted from his vacation
leave entitlement specified in regulation 76(1) for his grade.

79. An officer who, owing to the exigencies of the Service,
is required to defer his vacation leave, shall, in the year
following that in which his vacation leave was deferred, be
granted such deferred vacation leave together with the vacation
leave for that year.

80. (1) Subject to regulation 76, an officer may, with the
prior written approval of the Commissioner, be allowed casual
absences from duty, which shall be deducted from his vacation
leave entitlement specified in regulation 76(1) for his grade to a
maximum of—
(a) fourteen working days if he holds an office in

the First Division; or
(b) seven working days if he holds an office in the

Second Division.
(2) Notwithstanding regulation 75(1), the Commissioner
may apply subregulation (1) to meet the case of an officer who has
not completed a full year of service, but leave so granted shall not
exceed the total amount of vacation leave that the officer can be
considered as having earned on a pro rata basis at the time of the
grant of such leave.

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Accumulation
of vacation
leave.

Grant of
vacation leave.

Application for
vacation leave.

Record of
officers on
leave.

82. (1) Vacation leave may normally be accumulated, with
the approval of the Commissioner, to a maximum of—
(a) ninety working days, in the case of an officer in

the First Division;
(b) sixty working days, in the case of an officer in

the Second Division.
(2) An officer may accumulate leave in excess of the
maximum specified in subregulation (1) with the approval of the
Commissioner.
(3) Where, upon the coming into force of these
Regulations, an officer has accumulated annual leave in excess of
ninety days, he may be required to take all or such part of the
excess as is agreed upon by the Commissioner.

83. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), the Commissioner
shall have authority to grant vacation leave to all officers.
(2) Vacation leave in the case of the Commissioner or a
Deputy Commissioner shall require the approval of the Minister.

84. (1) An application for vacation leave to be spent in
or out of Trinidad and Tobago shall be submitted to the
Commissioner, on the prescribed form, not later than
31st October in the preceding year to facilitate the preparation of
the leave roster for the year ahead.
(2) The Commissioner may in special circumstances
vary the requirement of subregulation (1).
(3) An officer who has applied for vacation leave
within the specified time shall, subject to the exigencies of the
Service, be informed not less than one month before his vacation
leave is due to commence, whether or not his application has
been granted.

85. The Commissioner shall cause a record to be kept
to show—
(a) the officers to whom he has granted leave;

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Attending Court
while on
vacation leave.

Duty leave and
special leave.

Scholarship and
study leave.

Sick leave.

(b) particulars of the duration of such leave;
(c) the address at or other means of contact by which

an officer may be located during his leave.

86. An officer who is required to attend Court while on
vacation leave as a result of his official duty shall have his
vacation leave extended by a period equal to the number of days
he has attended Court.

SPECIAL LEAVE

87. (1) An officer selected as a member of an official
Police Service team as approved by the Commissioner and
engaging in a sporting, educational or cultural event or series of
such events may, subject to the exigencies of the Service, be
granted duty leave with full pay for such purpose.
(2) An officer selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago
as a member of a national team engaging in a sporting,
educational or cultural event or series of such events shall,
subject to the exigencies of the Service, be granted special leave
with full pay to enable him to complete his engagement.
(3) Leave granted under this regulation shall not affect
an officer’s entitlement to vacation leave.

88. (1) An officer granted a scholarship sponsored by the
Government is eligible for study leave and for such allowances
and benefits as may from time to time be provided for other
public officers.
(2) An officer who undertakes a course of study
approved by the Commissioner is eligible for study leave and for
such allowances and benefits as may from time to time be
provided for other public officers.

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Extension of
sick leave in
Trinidad and
Tobago.

(2) An officer who is away from duty, due to illness,
for a period—
(a) not exceeding two days is not required to tender

a medical certificate; or
(b) exceeding two days shall submit a medical

certificate prepared and signed by a duly
qualified medical practitioner,

and any leave taken under this regulation shall count in
calculating the total sick leave for the year.
(3) An officer mentioned in subregulation (2)(a) shall,
by any means, inform the Second Division officer or the officer
in charge of the shift or the police station where he is posted at
least two hours before he is due to report for duty that he would
be away from duty.
(4) The Commissioner may require an officer who
habitually takes advantage of subregulation (2)(a) to present
himself to a Government medical officer for a medical
examination.
90. (1) An officer who seeks an extension of sick leave
while in the country shall apply to the Commissioner in writing
and the application shall be supported by a medical certificate
issued by a duly qualified medical practitioner, a duly qualified
medical practitioner attached to the Service or the duly qualified
medical practitioner in the medical institution where the officer
has been treated and who treated the officer.
(2) An officer who seeks an extension of sick leave
under subregulation (1) shall within the first three days inform,
by any means, the Second Division officer in charge of the police
station where he is posted or the Head of the Division, who shall
communicate such information to the Commissioner.
(3) Upon receipt of the application referred to in
subregulation (1), the Commissioner may grant an extension
of sick leave with full pay, partial pay or no pay and in
accordance with the relevant guidelines issued by the Chief
Personnel Officer.

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Extension of
sick leave
outside of
Trinidad and
Tobago.

(4) An officer shall make an application for extended
sick leave in accordance with subregulation (1) within two days
of his absence from duty.
(5) In exceptional circumstances, an application under
subregulation (1) shall be made by the officer not later than seven
days after his resumption of duty.

91. (1) An officer who becomes sick whilst on vacation
leave outside of the country and who has exhausted his sick leave
entitlement shall immediately apply for an extension of sick
leave through the Ambassador or other duly appointed
Representative of Trinidad and Tobago and such an application
shall be accompanied by a duly authenticated medical certificate.
(2) Subject to subregulation (3), upon receipt of the
application referred to in subregulation (1), the Commissioner
may grant an extension of sick leave with full pay, partial pay or
no pay.
(3) An extension of sick leave on full pay shall be
granted to an officer to the extent of, at maximum, the number of
days sick leave unutilised by the officer over the five-year period
preceding the year in which the application is made.
(4) When the time granted under subregulation (1) or (3)
has expired and the officer has failed to resume duty, the
Commissioner shall send a notice to the address given in
regulation 132(2) ordering him to appear before a Medical Board
stating the time and place for such appearance.
(5) The Commissioner shall publish once in the Gazette
and twice in two daily newspapers the name of each officer who
is required to appear before a Medical Board stating the time and
place for such appearance.
(6) If the officer fails to appear before the Medical
Board within one month from the date of the notice mentioned in
subregulation (5), he is deemed to have abandoned his office and
may be dismissed from the Service by the Commissioner.

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Medical
certificate
necessary for
sick leave.

Medical record
of each officer.

(7) An officer who is certified by a Medical Board to
be suffering from such disease as renders him unfit for duty
may be granted sick leave on full pay for a period not
exceeding six months.
(8) If after the period mentioned in subregulation (7) the
officer is unfit for duty, he may be granted vacation leave, if any,
for which he is eligible.
(9) If after his sick leave and vacation leave, an officer
is still unfit to assume duty, he is deemed unfit for the Service and
his services shall be terminated by the Commissioner, with such
benefits that may have accrued to him.
(10) Where on the commencement of these Regulations
an officer who is abroad and has exhausted all his sick leave and
entitlement to an extension of sick leave and has not resumed
duty, subregulations (4), (5) and (6) shall apply.

92. Absence from duty for more than two consecutive days
shall not in any circumstances be considered as sick leave unless
supported by a medical certificate issued by a duly qualified
medical practitioner.

93. (1) A Medical History Book shall be kept to show in
respect of each officer every illness, results of random testing for
dangerous drugs and injury sustained by the officer during his
period of service, together with such account of treatment
received and other comments and recommendations made by the
duly qualified medical practitioner attached to the Service or the
duly qualified medical practitioner concerned with the case, as
well as a record of all sick leave granted.

(2) Every Medical History Book shall be kept
confidential by the person in charge at the Police Hospital.

(3) The Commissioner shall have the power to order
random drug testing for abuse of dangerous drugs by any officer.

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Entitlement to
full pay.

Light duty in
certain
circumstances.

Ch. 45:57.

Grant of
paternity leave.

Grant of
bereavement
leave.

94. Where an officer is injured in the performance of his
official duty he is entitled to his remuneration for any leave
approved by the Commissioner as a result of such injury or until
he is discharged by a Medical Board.
95. (1) The Commissioner may direct that a female officer
qualifying for maternity leave shall be given light duties to
perform at work prior to and following her period of maternity
leave and for such period of time as the circumstances of her case
may justify and may permit or require such officer to attend work
not in uniform for such period of time, but such officer shall not
qualify for a Plain Clothes Allowance.
(2) For the purpose of this section “maternity leave”
has the same meaning assigned to it by the Maternity
Protection Act.
96. (1) A male officer is eligible for paternity leave of four
working days in respect of each pregnancy of his wife or
cohabitant, to be granted at the time of delivery where—
(a) he furnishes a medical certificate stating the

expected date of delivery; and
(b) he registers the name of his cohabitant, where

applicable, with the Commissioner.
(2) For the purpose of this regulation, “cohabitant”
means a woman who is living with the officer in a bona fide
domestic relationship for a period of not less than five years
immediately preceding the pregnancy, but only one such woman
shall be considered for the purpose of this regulation.
97. (1) An officer is eligible for the grant of bereavement
leave of—
(a) three working days where the death of a member

of his immediate family occurs in Trinidad and
Tobago; or

(b) five working days where such a death occurs
outside of Trinidad and Tobago and the
officer actually travels abroad in connection
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Officer entitled
to free medical,
etc., attention.

(2) When an officer is granted bereavement leave under
subregulation (1)(b), he shall submit to the Commissioner within
two weeks of his return documentary evidence of his travel
abroad.
(3) For the purpose of this regulation, “immediate
family” means the officer’s spouse, child, mother, father, brother,
sister and, if the officer had registered his guardian, ward or
cohabitant with the Commissioner, such guardian, ward or
cohabitant.

MEDICAL BENEFITS

98. (1) An officer who is injured in the course of his duty is
entitled to receive free medical, dental, optical and hospital
treatment and medicines as may be necessary and as may be
provided by a Government Medical Officer or at a Government
medical institution.
(2) Where treatment or medicines mentioned in
subregulation (1) are not readily available from a Government
Medical Officer or from a Government medical institution the
officer shall be reimbursed the reasonable cost of any private
treatment he may have received or medicines he may have
purchased from any registered medical practitioner or from any
approved medical institution having obtained the prior written
approval of the Commissioner.
(3) An officer who—
(a) is injured in the course of his duty and is forced

to retire on medical grounds; or
(b) has served up to his compulsory retirement age,
is entitled to medical treatment as if he is still an officer in the
Service.
(4) Where an officer is injured in the course of his duty
and has to travel abroad to seek medical, dental, and optical or
hospital treatment, the cost of the airfare and any such treatment
shall be provided by the Government.

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Key for female
cell.

Opening of cell.

Searching of
prisoner.

Record to be
kept of
prisoner’s
property.

PART IX
CUSTODY AND CARE OF PRISONERS

99. (1) The cell for female prisoners shall be provided with
two locks or padlocks fitted with different keys, and the key of
one lock shall be kept by the officer in charge of the Charge
Room and the key of the other by a female officer.
(2) A duplicate of the key kept by the female officer
shall be kept in the Charge Room under the station seal.
(3) Except in a case of emergency, no cell in which a
female prisoner is confined shall be opened except by or in the
presence of a female officer.

100. A cell in which prisoners are confined shall be opened by
not less than two officers.

101. (1) A prisoner shall be searched on arrest, on arrival at
the Police Station and immediately before being placed in a cell
and again on being taken from the cell.
(2) At a Police Station a male prisoner shall be searched
by two male officers and a female prisoner by a female officer.

102. (1) All property found on a prisoner when he is searched
shall be taken from him and a record shall be made in the charge
book, and this entry shall be read over to the prisoner who shall
be asked to verify and to sign it as being correct.
(2) If the prisoner claims that the entry is incorrect, a
note to this effect shall be made immediately against the entry by
the most senior officer present and he shall report the matter to
the officer in charge of the Division for immediate investigation.
(3) Property required as a Court exhibit shall be retained
and handed over to the General Property Keeper.
(4) A prisoner’s property shall be returned to him on his
release from custody and he shall be required to sign for receipt
of it in the Charge Book.

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(5) A prisoner’s property in the possession of the Police
for more than forty-eight hours shall be handed over to the General
Property Keeper and transferred to the General Property Register.
(6) If a prisoner is handed over to a gaoler, the prisoner’s
property shall also be handed over to the gaoler, who shall give a
receipt to the Police for it.

103. Subject to regulation 102(3), the property taken from a
prisoner may be handed over to any person as directed by the
prisoner, on such person giving a receipt for having received the
property and the prisoner certifying that this has been done by
signing the Charge Book or the General Property Register.

104. Unless as otherwise directed, the officer in charge of the
Reception Area shall visit a prisoner in a police cell at least once
every hour.

105. (1) The children of a prisoner, who have no relatives or
other persons to take charge of them, may be taken charge of by
a female officer and taken to a place of safety until other
arrangements for their care can be made.
(2) The female officer shall be paid at such rate for
each child cared for under subregulation (1) as the
Commissioner may direct.

106. (1) The Commissioner shall fix the daily ration for a
prisoner in police custody.
(2) A prisoner shall be fed three times daily at 7.30 a.m.,
12.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. or as near as possible to these hours.
(3) A prisoner may be supplied with food from outside,
but the officer in charge of the Reception Area shall examine all
such food.

107. The legal adviser of a prisoner shall be allowed to
communicate with the prisoner in private at a Police Station

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handed over.

Prisoner in cell
to be visited.

Children of
prisoner in
custody.

Feeding of
prisoner.

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but the prisoner must be kept in sight by an officer during
such communication.

108. (1) When a prisoner reports sick, the senior officer at the
Police Station shall immediately notify the appropriate
Government Medical Officer or take the prisoner to a duly
qualified medical practitioner or medical institution.
(2) Upon notice under subregulation (1), the
Government Medical Officer, duly qualified medical practitioner
or medical institution may order the prisoner be taken to a
public hospital and he shall be escorted to such hospital
in custody.

109. The strength of an escort to be provided for the removal
of prisoners, except those conveyed in a prison van, shall be
regulated as follows:
(a) one prisoner shall be accompanied by at least

one officer;
(b) two to five prisoners shall be accompanied by at

least two officers;
(c) six to ten prisoners shall be accompanied by at

least three officers.

110. In the case of prisoners being conveyed in a prison van,
there shall be at least two officers in addition to the driver.

111. In the case of a prisoner considered to be dangerous
and unruly additional officers shall be sent as may be necessary.

112. An officer on escort duty shall be provided with
handcuffs that shall be used when necessary.

113. An officer escorting prisoners may be armed if the
circumstances so warrant.

Sick prisoner.

Numerical
strength of
escort.

Prison van.

Dangerous
prisoner.

Handcuffs.

Armed escort.

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Quarters.

Furniture to be
kept in good
condition.

Repair to or
replacement of
furniture.

Notice board.

Reception area.

Prisoners’ cells.

Hospital.

PART X
GOVERNMENT BUILDING, FURNITURE,

HOSPITAL, ETC.
114. (1) An officer may reside in official quarters provided or
in quarters approved by the Minister.
(2) An officer in the First Division who occupies official
quarters shall do so furnished and rent-free.
(3) An officer in the Second Division who occupies
official quarters shall do so rent-free.

115. All government furniture in Police Stations, buildings,
offices and quarters shall be maintained in good order and
condition, the responsibility for which shall rest with the senior
officer in charge of the Police Station, building or office, or the
occupant of the quarters.

116. When any government furniture referred to in regulation 115
requires repair or needs to be replaced the appropriate officer of the
relevant Ministry shall be notified so that inspection, repairs or
replacements may be effected.

117. All proclamations, Government Notices or other official
notices, notices of rewards or advertisements of similar import
shall be posted on notice boards at each Police Station.

118. A Reception Area shall be attached to each Police Station
and all books and records of the Station shall be kept and
maintained in it and in the manner directed by the Commissioner.

119. There shall be at least two prisoners’ cells provided at
each Police Station—one for adult male prisoners and the other
for adult female prisoners.

120. (1) A hospital for the treatment of officers shall be
established at any place as may be approved by the Minister
assigned responsibility for health.

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Uniform and
order of dress.
Appendix C
and D.

Unauthorised
badge or other
decoration.

Issue of arms
and
ammunition.

Control of arms
and ammunition
issued.

(2) To every such hospital there shall be appointed the
appropriate staff for its proper administration including medical
officers, nurses, pharmacists and other staff.
(3) Trained attendants shall also be appointed for the
maintenance of proper discipline among patients, for the safe
custody of the drugs, fittings and equipment, and for the
cleanliness and good order of the premises.

PART XI

UNIFORM, EQUIPMENT, ARMS, STORES, ETC.
121. The description of all items of uniform and the orders of
dress to be worn by officers shall be as set out in Appendix C and
D or as prescribed by the Commissioner with the approval of the
Minister and shall be published in the Gazette.

122. An officer shall not whilst on duty in uniform wear a
badge, emblem or other decoration other than those officially
approved.

123. (1) The Commissioner shall decide the quantity in
which arms and ammunition may be issued to an officer,
Division, Branch, Section or Station.
(2) The Commissioner may withdraw any arms and
ammunition issued to an officer, Division, Branch, Section or
Station without assigning any reason for so doing.
(3) The authority of the Commissioner under this
regulation is subject to the overriding authority of the Minister.

124. (1) Ammunition issued to a Division, Branch or Station
that is not actually in use shall be kept in sealed boxes which shall
be opened only in cases of inspection or emergency.
(2) The type and quantity of arms and ammunition
issued and the date of issue shall be endorsed on each box.

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Issue of
uniform.

Wearing of
uniform and
plain clothes.

Issue of stores.

Issue of
bedding.

Requisition.

Stores Ledgers.

(3) When any ammunition is discharged or lost, an
immediate report shall be made to the Commissioner setting out
the quantity so discharged or lost and the circumstances relating
to the discharge or loss of such ammunition.
(4) The Commissioner shall cause to be kept a detailed
account of all arms and ammunition received and issued.
(5) No arms or ammunition shall be issued except on the
written authority of the Commissioner or a Deputy
Commissioner.

125. Uniforms, including accessories, and equipment shall be
issued to an officer in such quantities and at such periods as the
Commissioner may direct.

126. (1) The Commissioner may, in special circumstances,
require an officer to wear uniform when off duty.
(2) An officer shall not wear plain clothes whilst on
duty, unless he is so authorised by the Commissioner.

127. Miscellaneous stores shall be issued to Divisions,
Branches and Stations at such intervals and in such quantities as
the Commissioner may direct.

128. Articles of bedding shall be issued to an officer in such
quantities and at such periods as the Commissioner may direct.

129. (1) Uniform, equipment and stores shall be supplied
only on a requisition made to the person responsible for finance.
(2) A delivery and receipt voucher signed by the officer
issuing the stores shall be sent with the stores, and on receipt, the
voucher shall be signed by the officer receiving the stores and
returned to the person responsible for finance.

130. (1) Stores Ledgers shall be kept by the person
responsible for finance in which he shall enter all stores received,
issued and returned to store.

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Duties of an
officer.

Absence
without leave.

(2) Receipts for all articles returned to store shall be
given by the person responsible for finance.

PART XII

CONDUCT
131. (1) An officer’s whole time shall be at the disposal of
the Government.
(2) An officer in the First Division who is in charge of a
Division or Branch shall be responsible for the state of his
command as well as the state of his district and for the conduct
and efficiency of all the officers under his command.
(3) An officer in the Second Division who is in charge
of a Police Station shall be responsible for such Station and its
district and for the conduct and efficiency of all the officers under
his charge.
(4) In the absence of an officer referred to in
subregulation (2) or (3), the authority and responsibility of that
officer shall devolve upon the next in seniority unless the
Commissioner otherwise specifically directs.
132. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), an officer shall not
leave the country without the permission in writing of the
Commissioner.
(2) An officer who has been granted permission to go
abroad shall supply the Commissioner with both a local and
foreign address, to which any correspondence may be sent by
registered mail and any correspondence sent to both addresses is
deemed to have been received by him.
(3) In an emergency, such permission may be given by
an officer of the First Division to an officer in the Second
Division, and in the case of an officer in the First Division by an
officer senior in rank.
(4) Where an officer grants permission under
subregulation (3) he shall report the fact immediately in writing
to the Commissioner.

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133. An officer—
(a) shall not engage in any activity, occupation or

undertaking which would impair his usefulness
as an officer or in any way conflict with the
interest of the Service;

(b) shall not without the consent of the
Commissioner, accept any paid employment or
engage in any trade or any professional,
commercial, agricultural or industrial
undertaking, or undertake private work for
remuneration, whether in or outside of Trinidad
and Tobago;

(c) who invests in or acquires shares in any
company carrying on business in or outside of
Trinidad and Tobago or who acquires any
interest in any professional, commercial,
agricultural or industrial undertaking in or
outside of Trinidad and Tobago shall, within
thirty days after his investment or acquisition,
inform the Commissioner of the fact in writing.

134. (1) An officer shall not call a public meeting to
consider any action of the Government or actively participate
in the proceedings of a meeting called for such purpose or
procure signatures to any public petition regarding the actions
of the Government.
(2) Nothing in these Regulations shall affect an officer’s
right to participate actively in any meeting called or sign any
petition prepared by his appropriate recognised association on
matters affecting the Service.

135. An officer shall not institute or take part in any
processions, demonstrations or public meetings other than
religious functions unless the permission of the Commissioner is
first obtained.

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Activities
outside the
Service.

Officer not to
call or
participate in
certain public
meeting.

Participation in
demonstration,
etc., prohibited.

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136. (1) An officer shall not make public or communicate to
the press or to any person, or make private copies of documents,
papers or information of which he may have become possessed
in his official capacity, unless his duties require him to do so.
(2) Notwithstanding that he may be charged with an
offence under any other written law, an officer who contravenes
subregulation (1) commits a disciplinary offence.

137. An officer, whether on duty or on leave of absence, shall
not allow himself to be interviewed on questions of public policy
or on matters affecting the defence or military resources of
Trinidad and Tobago or of any other country unless his official
duties require him to do so.

138. (1) An officer shall not, without the written permission
of the Commissioner, broadcast on the radio, television, Internet
or by any other means or publish in any manner any statement
which is in the nature of a personal comment on any national or
local political or administrative matter unless his official duties
require him to do so.
(2) An officer may, with the written permission of the
Commissioner, publish in his own name articles relating to other
subjects of general interest, or give a lecture or presentation on
the radio, television or Internet on such subjects.

139. An officer shall not make any public expression of
political and sectarian opinions, and shall bear himself with strict
impartiality in all matters.

140. An officer shall not act as editor of a newspaper or take
part directly or indirectly in the management of a newspaper, or
contribute thereto any statement or article which may
reasonably be regarded as a commentary on the politics of the
country or the administration of the Government or that of any
other Government.

Officer not to
publish
information.

Officer not to
allow interview
on question of
public policy.

Officer not to
publish
comment on
national or
local matter.

Partisanship.

Officer not to
contribute to,
edit or manage
newspaper.

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141. (1) A lecture or presentation by an officer shall be
governed by the following rules:
(a) no question of payment either to the officer

employed in the preparation or delivery of the
lecture or presentation, or to the Service, shall
arise in connection with the lecture or
presentation that is necessary or desirable in
order to enable the Service to carry out its
recognised duties to the community;

(b) a lecture or presentation which is not necessary
for departmental purposes may be given by an
officer who is an expert in a particular subject,
whether or not he has specialised in this subject
in his official capacity; and in all such cases, if
the subject matter is related to the work or the
policy of the Service, or if the officer is to be
announced by his departmental title, the prior
written permission of the Commissioner is
required with the object of ensuring—

(i) that there is nothing in the lecture or
presentation contrary to the public
interest or inconsistent with the status of
an officer; and

(ii) that the standing of the officer is
sufficient to justify the delivery by him
of a lecture or presentation under his
departmental title.

(2) Subject to subregulation (1), and to the due
observance of any professional rule that may be in force as to the
acceptance of remuneration for the preparation or delivery of a
lecture or presentation, an officer is entitled to make his own
terms with the broadcasting authority, but in these cases the work
involved in the preparation and delivery of the lecture or
presentation shall be done outside official hours.

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142. A senior officer shall not berate an officer junior in rank
in the presence or hearing of an officer junior to the officer being
berated or in the presence or hearing of any member of the
public.

143. (1) An officer shall always appear in the public view
properly dressed, cleanly and smartly turned out, smart in his
movements, and respectful in his bearing and manner.
(2) An officer on duty shall not wear items of jewellery
and trinkets for personal adornment, except a wristwatch, a
bracelet for “allergy alert” and no more than two rings.
(3) In the case of a male officer on duty—
(a) the hair on his head shall be kept short;
(b) the chin and under lip shaven;
(c) whiskers shall not be worn; and
(d) the shaving of the upper lip is optional.
(4) In the case of a female officer on duty—
(a) the hair on her head shall not be worn lower than

the nape of her neck;
(b) unnatural hair colours and hair decorations shall

not be worn;
(c) fingernails shall be kept short and only natural

nail polish shall be used; and
(d) make-up shall be simple and kept to a minimum.
(5) When a female officer on duty is exempted
from wearing—
(a) regulation shoes, she shall wear footwear as

prescribed by the Police Medical Officer or an
orthopaedic specialist;

(b) stockings by the Police Medical Officer or
an orthopaedic specialist, she shall wear
dark blue socks.

Reprimand of
officer.

Appearance and
turnout.

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144. (1) An officer shall not incur a debt that he knows or
ought to know he is unable to discharge or which is likely to
impair his efficiency or to bring the Service into disrepute.
(2) The Commissioner may require an officer to
authorise deductions from his pay for the repayment of any debt
to the Government.
(3) An officer who finds himself unable to discharge a
debt he has incurred shall inform the Commissioner as soon as
possible in the form prescribed in Appendix E.
(4) Where the Commissioner has reasonable grounds
to believe that an officer is unable to discharge a debt which he
has incurred, the Commissioner shall direct the officer to
complete and submit the form prescribed in Appendix E within
a specified period.

145. An officer who has been declared a bankrupt or against
whom bankruptcy proceedings have been taken or who becomes
insolvent shall within seven days of the occurrence of the fact
report the fact in writing to the Commissioner.

146. Except with the written permission of the Commissioner,
an officer shall not accept a gift or reward from a member of the
public or an organisation.

147. Notwithstanding regulation 146 or 148, an officer may
accept a gift offered by—
(a) a representative of a foreign government on the

occasion of an official visit to that country or on
the visit of a representative of a foreign
government to this country;

(b) a community organisation, on a social occasion
where the gift represents the appreciation of the
organisation for his contribution to the work or
achievement of the organisation;

(c) any person on a celebratory occasion.

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Indebtedness.

Appendix E.

Bankruptcy.

Gift or reward.

Exception to
gift.

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Officer not to
accept present
from
subordinate
officer.

Legal
proceedings.

Offences.

148. An officer shall not receive a gift or reward from a
subordinate officer except with the written permission of the
Commissioner.

149. An officer who—
(a) desires to initiate legal proceedings against any

person; or
(b) is charged with a criminal offence and is

brought before a Court,
shall promptly inform the Commissioner, in writing.

150. (1) An officer who contravenes any of these Regulations
commits a disciplinary offence.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of
subregulation (1), an officer is liable to be charged with a
disciplinary offence if he commits any of the following:
(a) Discreditable conduct, that is to say, if an officer

acts in a disorderly manner prejudicial to
discipline or reasonably likely to bring discredit
to the Service;

(b) Insubordinate or oppressive conduct, that is to
say, if an officer—

(i) is insubordinate by word, act or
demeanour;

(ii) is oppressive or tyrannical in his conduct
towards an officer of a lower rank;

(iii) uses obscene, abusive or insulting
language to another officer; or

(iv) assaults another officer;
(c) Disobedience to orders, that is to say, if an

officer disobeys or without good and sufficient
cause omits or neglects to carry out a lawful
order, written or otherwise;

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(d) Neglect of duty, that is to say, if an officer—
(i) neglects, or without good and sufficient

cause omits, promptly and diligently to
attend to or carry out anything which is
his duty as an officer;

(ii) withholds a report or allegation against
another officer;

(iii) is not alert while on duty;
(iv) fails to work his beat in accordance with

orders, or leaves his beat, point or other
place of duty to which he has been
ordered, without due permission or
sufficient cause;

(v) permits a prisoner to escape;
(vi) fails to report a matter which is his duty

to report;
(vii) fails to report anything which he knows

concerning a criminal charge, or fails to
disclose any evidence which he, or any
person within his knowledge, can give for
or against any prisoner or defendant to a
criminal charge;

(viii) omits to make any necessary entry in any
official document or book; or

(ix) neglects or without good and sufficient
cause omits to carry out any lawful
instruction of the Police Medical Officer
or, while absent from duty on account of
sickness, does any act or conduct
calculated to retard his return to duty;

(e) Falsehood or prevarication, that is to say,
if an officer—

(i) knowingly makes or signs a false statement
in an official document or book;

(ii) wilfully or negligently makes any false,
misleading or inaccurate statement; or

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(iii) without good and sufficient cause
destroys or mutilates any official
document or record, or alters or erases
any entry therein;

(f) Breach of confidence, that is to say, if an officer—
(i) divulges any matter which it is his duty to

keep secret;
(ii) gives notice, directly or indirectly, to a

person against whom a warrant or
summons has been or is about to be
issued, except in the lawful execution of
such warrant or service of such summons;

(iii) without proper authority communicates
by any means to the public, press, or to
any unauthorised person, any matter
connected with the Service;

(iv) without proper authority shows to any
person outside the Service any book or
written or printed document which is the
property of the Service;

(v) makes any anonymous communication to
the Commission, Commissioner or an
officer in a senior office;

(vi) signs or circulates any petition or
statement with regard to any matter
concerning the Service, except through
the proper channel; or

(vii) calls or attends any unauthorised
meeting to discuss any matter
concerning the Service;

(g) Corrupt practice, that is to say, if an officer—
(i) fails to account for or to make a

prompt and correct return of any
money or property received by him in
his official capacity;

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(ii) directly or indirectly solicits any gratuity,
gift or reward, subscription or testimonial
without the consent of the Commissioner;

(iii) places himself under pecuniary obligation
to any person who holds a licence
concerning the granting or renewal of
which the Police may have to report or
give evidence; or

(iv) improperly uses his position as an officer
for his private advantage;

(h) Unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority,
that is to say, if an officer—

(i) without good and sufficient cause makes
an unlawful or unnecessary arrest;

(ii) uses unnecessary violence to a prisoner or
other person with whom he may be
brought into contact in the execution of
his duty; or

(iii) is uncivil to a member of the public;
(i) Malingering, that is to say, if an officer feigns or

exaggerates any sickness or injury with a view
to evading duty;

(j) Absence without leave or being late for duty,
that is to say, if an officer, without reasonable
excuse, is absent without leave or is late for
any duty;

(k) Loss or damage to clothing or other property
supplied, that is to say, if an officer—

(i) wilfully or by carelessness abandons,
causes any loss or damage to any
clothing, accoutrements, or to any book,
document or other property of the Service
supplied to him or used by him or
entrusted to his care; or

(ii) fails to report any loss or damage as
mentioned in subparagraph (i);

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(l) Drunkenness, or drug taking, that is to say, if an
officer, while on or required for duty, is unfit for
duty through the taking of intoxicating liquor or
dangerous drugs;

(m) Drinking on duty or soliciting drink, that is to
say, if an officer—

(i) drinks intoxicating liquor while he is on
duty; or

(ii) demands, or endeavours to persuade any
other person to give him, or to purchase or
obtain for him, any intoxicating liquor
while he is on duty;

(iii) reports for duty under the influence of
intoxicating liquor or with the odour of
intoxicating liquor on his breath;

(n) Entering licensed premises, that is to say, if
without permission or reasonable excuse an
officer enters while on duty, any premises
licensed under any written law or any other
premises where intoxicating liquor is stored
or distributed;

(o) Lending, borrowing or accepting money, that is
to say, where an officer compromises his ability
to discharge his responsibility by lending,
borrowing or accepting money from another
officer;

(p) Being an accessory to a disciplinary offence,
that is to say, if an officer connives at or is
knowingly an accessory to a disciplinary
offence;

(q) Using any property or facility of the Service
without the written consent of the
Commissioner for a purpose not connected with
his official duties.

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(3) An officer who is suspected of being under the
influence of dangerous drugs or intoxicating liquor is required to
submit to a breath test or analysis or a laboratory analysis to
determine his blood alcohol concentration in accordance with the
Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act.

PART XIII

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
151. An officer who fails to comply with these Regulations,
or any order or directive for the time being in force in the
Service commits a disciplinary offence and is liable to
disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the procedure
prescribed in this Part.

152. (1) When a report or allegation is received by the
Commissioner from which it appears that a police officer may
have committed an offence, and the Commissioner is of the
opinion that the public interest or the repute of the Service
requires it, the Commissioner may in writing direct the officer to
cease to report for duty until further notice, and an officer so
directed shall cease to perform the functions of his office
immediately.
(2) An officer who is directed to cease to perform the
duties of his office in accordance with subregulation (1) shall
continue to receive full pay until such date as shall be specified
in an order made by the Commissioner.

153. (1) Where disciplinary proceedings for his dismissal are
instituted or criminal proceedings are instituted against an officer
and the Commissioner is of the opinion that the public interest or
the repute of the Service requires that the officer should
immediately cease to perform the functions of his office, the
Commissioner shall, before making a decision whether or not to
interdict the officer, inform the officer in writing of his intention
to interdict him and give the officer an opportunity to be heard.

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proceedings.

Suspension.

Interdiction.

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(2) An officer interdicted shall receive such proportion
of the pay of his office, not being less than one-half, as the
Commissioner may determine after taking into consideration the
officer’s monthly deductions.
(3) Where an officer is interdicted and criminal or
disciplinary proceedings are determined in his favour, and
notwithstanding an appeal is filed by the State in relation to
the criminal proceedings, he is entitled to the full amount of
the remuneration which he would have received if he had not
been interdicted.
(4) Where a decision is given in favour of an officer
interdicted under subregulation (1), the interdiction order shall
immediately cease to have effect.
(5) If disciplinary proceedings against an officer
result in any punishment other than dismissal the officer shall
be allowed such pay as the Commissioner may in the
circumstances determine.
(6) Where an officer is interdicted and criminal or
disciplinary proceedings are not determined in his favour, and he
files an application for review or an appeal, as the case may be,
the interdiction order shall continue to have effect until the
completion of the review or appellate process.
(7) Notwithstanding subregulations (2) to (6), the
Commissioner may quash an interdiction order at any time and
the officer is entitled to the full amount of the remuneration that
he would have received if he had not been interdicted.

154. Where an officer is suspended under regulation 152 or
interdicted under regulation 153, he shall report in person once
per month to the Head of the Division in the Division where he
lives, and the Head of the Division shall report that fact in writing
to the Commissioner.

155. (1) In the exercise of the powers vested in him by
section 123A(2)(c) of the Constitution, the Commissioner may

Reporting in
person.

Disciplinary
tribunal.

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establish, in accordance with section 123A(3) of the Constitution,
disciplinary tribunals at any Branch or Division consisting of
such number of officers as he considers necessary to conduct
disciplinary proceedings.
(2) A disciplinary tribunal established by the
Commissioner shall exercise such power as may be delegated to
it by the Commissioner.
156. (1) The Commissioner shall designate an officer of the
First Division, who is not the head of the Division, as the
“disciplinary officer” in each Division, Branch or Section, and the
disciplinary officer shall be responsible for receiving all complaints
against an officer by any person, including a member of the public
or an officer, and he shall maintain a record of all such complaints.

(2) Where a member of the public or an officer makes a
complaint against an officer (hereinafter referred to as “the
officer concerned”) to another officer junior in rank to the officer
concerned, or such junior officer finds the officer concerned
committing a disciplinary offence, such junior officer shall
inform the disciplinary officer of the complaint as soon as
possible in writing.
(3) The disciplinary officer shall, within seven days
from the date he is informed of the complaint under
subregulation (2) or (11), appoint an investigating officer who
shall give the officer concerned a written notice stating the
specific nature of the complaint, that the matter shall be
investigated and the officer concerned may, within seven days of
receipt of the written notice, give to him an explanation in writing
concerning the complaint.
(4) The investigating officer shall hold an office higher
than that of the officer concerned.
(5) Subject to subregulation (6), the investigating officer
shall promptly but not later than thirty days after his appointment
investigate the matter, produce a report of his investigations and
forward the report to the disciplinary officer.

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Procedure on
alleged
commission of
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(6) The investigating officer may apply to the
disciplinary officer during the time specified in subregulation (5)
for an extension of time but shall not be granted an
extension exceeding thirty days to forward his report to the
disciplinary officer.
(7) Where, in the explanation given under
subregulation (3), the officer concerned makes an admission of
guilt, the investigating officer shall forward the matter to the
disciplinary officer who shall forward it to a disciplinary tribunal
which shall determine the penalty to be imposed without
further enquiry.
(8) Where the disciplinary officer, based on the results
of the investigation under subregulation (3), finds that the
complaint is without substance he shall so inform the officer
concerned and the record of the complaint and of the
investigation shall be immediately forwarded to the
Commissioner for his final determination.
(9) Where the disciplinary officer, based on the results
of the investigation under subregulation (3), finds that there is
substance in the complaint he shall cause the officer concerned to
be charged for any disciplinary offence disclosed and refer the
matter to the disciplinary tribunal not later than twenty days from
the date of the charge.
(10) The disciplinary officer shall cause a copy of the
charge to be served on the officer concerned and the charge shall
contain the particulars of the time, date and place of the hearing.
(11) Where an officer finds an officer of a lower rank
than him committing a disciplinary offence or receives a report
from another officer or a member of the public, the senior officer
shall warn the officer in writing that he may be charged for a
disciplinary offence and shall refer the matter to the disciplinary
officer immediately.
(12) Where an officer is warned under subregulation (11),
subregulation (2) shall not apply.

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157. (1) Where the officer admits the charge he shall be
allowed to state any extenuating circumstances in mitigation and
the disciplinary tribunal may impose any penalty within its
delegated powers.
(2) Where the officer denies the charge the disciplinary
tribunal shall proceed to hear and determine the matter.
(3) A disciplinary tribunal has the power to dismiss the
charge on any ground, or find the officer guilty of the charge and
impose a penalty that it is authorised to impose by the
Commissioner in accordance with section 123A(3) of the
Constitution.
158. (1) It shall be the duty of every person appointed to hear
the evidence, find the facts and determine the charge to do so as
soon as possible.
(2) Where an officer who is a member of a disciplinary
tribunal of three or more members is absent for whatever
reason, including the grant of sick leave, the disciplinary
tribunal may continue to hear and determine the matter in the
absence of that officer, but the tribunal shall not be constituted
of less than two members.
159. An officer who is charged with an offence shall not,
without the written permission of the Commissioner, be
permitted to take leave, other than sick leave or maternity leave,
until the determination of the charge.
160. (1) Where an officer fails to give an explanation under
regulation 156(2) or fails to admit or deny the charge the hearing
shall proceed as though the officer denied the charge.
(2) The following procedure shall apply to a hearing by
a disciplinary tribunal:
(a) the officer shall be given full opportunity to

defend himself;
(b) the case against the officer may be presented by

another officer, but that officer shall be the holder
of an office higher than that of the officer charged;

Power of
disciplinary
tribunal.

Duty of officers
appointed to
disciplinary
tribunal.

Officer on
charge not to be
permitted leave.

Procedure at
hearing.

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(c) at the hearing the officer may conduct his
defence either in person or may be represented
by another officer of his choice or by his staff
association or by an Attorney-at-law, except
where the hearing is before a disciplinary
tribunal constituted of one officer, the officer
charged shall not be represented by an Attorney-
at-law, and the officer or his representative may
cross-examine the witnesses called in support of
the case against him;

(d) a true record of the proceedings shall be taken.
(3) Nothing in this regulation shall be construed so as to
deprive the officer from making a submission at any time that the
facts disclosed in the evidence do not support the charge.

161. (1) The officer shall be allowed to state the names and
addresses of any witnesses whom he may desire to give evidence
at the hearing of the matter.
(2) Any such witness who is an officer shall be ordered
to attend at the hearing and any other witness shall be given due
notice that his attendance is desired and of the date, time and
place of the hearing.
(3) The disciplinary tribunal may order that a witness be
granted a sum for reasonable out of pocket expenses.

162. The hearing of any charge may be adjourned from time
to time as may appear necessary for due hearing of the case, but
not longer than fourteen days.

163. The proceedings before a disciplinary tribunal shall be
held in private.
164. If an officer does not attend the hearing of the charge
against him without good reason, the hearing may proceed and
conclude in his absence, but if good reason is given to the
disciplinary tribunal by or on behalf of the officer why he is
unable to attend the hearing, the hearing shall be adjourned.

Witnesses.

Adjournment of
hearing.

Proceedings in
private.

Hearing in
absence of
accused officer.

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165. Where the prosecutor is absent without satisfactory
explanation, the disciplinary tribunal shall adjourn the matter and
so inform the officer in charge of the Division or Branch where
the prosecutor is posted and that officer shall make inquiries and
inform the tribunal in writing before the next hearing why the
prosecutor was absent.
166. (1) The standard of proof in any proceedings under this
Part shall be that required in a Court in civil cases.

(2) The rules governing the admissibility of evidence
shall be observed but the rules relating to the proof of
documents may be waived except where a document is an
issue in the proceedings.
(3) No documentary evidence shall be used against the
officer unless he has previously been supplied with a copy of it
or given access to it.
167. The disciplinary tribunal shall make a confidential
report to the Commissioner and the report shall contain the
facts, decision, reasons and any comments thereon it
considers advisable.
168. (1) Where, during the course of the hearing of a charge,
it appears to the disciplinary tribunal there is evidence which
could form the basis of another charge for which the penalty is
within its delegated authority, the disciplinary tribunal shall—
(a) cause the officer to be charged for the

other offence;
(b) proceed to hear and determine the original

charge; and
(c) subject to subregulation (2), proceed to hear and

determine the other charge.
(2) Where an officer is charged for another offence
under subregulation (1), the disciplinary tribunal shall adjourn
the hearing of the other offence, if requested by the officer, for
not more than seven days.

Hearing in
absence of
prosecutor.

Standard of
proof.

Tribunal to
report.

Further offence
before
disciplinary
tribunal.

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169. (1) Where a disciplinary tribunal has heard the
evidence, found the facts and is of the opinion that the
appropriate penalty for any offence is dismissal it shall make a
report to the Commissioner.
(2) The Commissioner shall consider the report of the
disciplinary tribunal submitted under subregulation (1) and may
or may not dismiss the officer or impose any other penalty
specified in regulation 173.
170. Where a disciplinary tribunal on hearing the evidence
finds that the evidence is insufficient to support the charge or
charges it shall dismiss the matter, without calling on the officer
for his defence.
171. (1) At the conclusion of a matter, the disciplinary
tribunal shall inform the officer who is convicted that he may—
(a) appeal the decision of the tribunal to the Police

Service Commission; and
(b) apply, in writing, to the Commissioner for a

copy of the record of the proceedings.
(2) The Commissioner shall, as soon as possible after
making a decision under regulation 169, inform the officer in
writing of the—
(a) decision;
(b) right to appeal the decision to the Police Service

Commission; and
(c) right to apply, in writing, to the Commissioner

for a copy of the record of the proceedings.
(3) Where the officer—
(a) files an application for a review, the penalty

shall not take effect pending determination by
the reviewing authority;

(b) does not file an application for review, the
penalty shall take effect at the expiration of
the time specified in any written law for filing
such application.

Disciplinary
tribunal may
report to
Commissioner.

Insufficient
evidence before
disciplinary
tribunal.

Informing
officer of
decision and his
right of review.

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(4) Where an officer is informed that the penalty
imposed on him is dismissal, the officer, notwithstanding that he
files an application for review within the time specified in the
written law, shall not receive any pay or allowances from the
date specified by the Commissioner.
(5) The failure to inform an officer of his right to file an
application for review or to apply for a copy of the record of the
proceedings shall not invalidate the decision of the
Commissioner or a disciplinary tribunal.

172. Where, after considering the report of the disciplinary
tribunal submitted under regulation 168, the Commissioner is of
the opinion that the officer does not deserve to be dismissed by
reason of the charges alleged but that the proceedings disclose
other grounds for removing him from the Service in the public
interest, the Commissioner may make an order for the removal
of the officer without recourse to the procedure prescribed by
regulation 32.

173. (1) The following are the penalties that may be imposed
by the Commissioner in disciplinary proceedings brought against
an officer in respect of a disciplinary offence:
(a) dismissal, that is, termination of appointment;
(b) reduction in an office, that is, removal to

another grade with an immediate reduction
in pay;

(c) reduction of remuneration, that is, an immediate
adjustment of remuneration to a lower point on
the scale of remuneration attached to the
particular office;

(d) deferment of increment, that is, a postponement
of the date on which the next increment is due,
with corresponding postponements in
subsequent years;

(e) stoppage of increment, that is, no payment for a
specified period of an increment otherwise due;

Commissioner
may remove
officer in public
interest.

Penalties.

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(f) fine;
(g) reprimand.
(2) Where a fine is imposed the amount of such fine
shall be deducted from the pay of the officer in such manner as
may be determined by the Commissioner.

174. (1) An officer convicted of a criminal charge and
sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine or convicted
of a criminal charge involving dishonesty or fraud shall not receive
any pay or allowance after the date of conviction.
(2) The Commissioner may direct that an officer
convicted of a criminal charge shall cease to perform the duties
of his office immediately.
(3) Notwithstanding that an officer referred to in sub-
regulation (1) has appealed against his conviction, he shall not
receive any pay or allowance after the date of conviction.

PART XIV

RECOGNITION OF POLICE SERVICE ASSOCIATION
175. (1) In this Part—
“applicant association” means an association making an application;
“application” means an application made under regulation 176;
“association” means an association formed under section 34 of

the Act;
“member” means an officer who has paid by way of subscription

to an association for a continuous period of two months
immediately prior to the date on which an application is
made, the sum required by the rules of that association;

“Minister” means the Minister assigned with responsibility for
finance;

“objecting association” means an association making an
objection under regulation 180.

Non-payment
of remuneration
on conviction
for a criminal
offence.

Interpretation
of Part XIV.

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(2) For the purpose of these Regulations, where an
officer is a member of an appropriate recognised association, any
subscription paid by him to any other association shall not be
taken into account for the purpose of determining membership of
that other association.

176. (1) An association seeking recognition as an
appropriate association shall apply in writing to the Minister.
(2) An application shall be accompanied by—
(a) a document from the Registrar General

certifying that the rules of the association have
been filed under section 36(2) of the Act;

(b) a copy of the rules of the association;
(c) a list of the names of members of the

association that the association purports to
represent and of the class and any category of
office into which those members fall; and

(d) an affidavit made by the person authorised by
the executive of the association testifying that at
the date of the application—

(i) no member of the association is a
member of any other association; and

(ii) the membership of the association
comprises more than fifty per cent of the
persons falling into the class that the
association purports to represent.

177. The Minister shall within seven days of receipt of
an application cause a notice to be published in the
Gazette stating—
(a) the date of the application, the name of the

applicant association and the place where the
documents specified in regulation 176(2)(b)
and (c) may be examined; and

Application for
recognition.

Publication of
application.

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(b) that unless an association objects before the
expiry of fourteen days from the date of the
publication of the notice, the application shall
be determined under section 34 of the Act.

178. (1) An association may object to an application by
writing to the Minister before the expiry of fourteen days
from the date of the publication of the notice referred to in
regulation 177(b).
(2) The grounds for an objection shall be—
(a) that more than fifty per cent of the class that the

applicant association purports to represent, are
already represented by the objecting
association; or

(b) that the members of the application association
are members of the objecting association.

(3) The Minister on receipt of those objections shall
cause the applicant association to be informed in writing of the
objection of the objecting association.
(4) The applicant association may respond to those
objections in writing to the Minister no later than seven days of
being so informed.

179. (1) Where an application is made, or where an objection
is made to the Minister under regulation 175(1), the Minister
may require the applicant association or the objecting association
to produce before the expiry of seven days of the date of the
application or the objection, such books, records or other
documents as he thinks fit.
(2) The Minister shall cause any books, records or other
documents produced by an association under subregulation (1) to
be examined in order to ascertain—
(a) the membership of the association; and
(b) which association is representative of more than

fifty per cent of a class of officers.

Objection to
application.

Examination of
records.

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180. The Minister shall make his determination under
section 34 of the Act no later than thirty days from the date of the
notice referred to in regulation 178, and in so doing shall
consider any objections or responses to those objections made
under regulation 178(1).

181. The Minister, upon being satisfied that an association
satisfies section 34 of the Act, shall cause a notice of recognition
of that association as the appropriate recognised association to be
published in the Gazette together with any withdrawal of
recognition from an appropriate recognised association under
section 34 of the Act, as may be necessary.

182. (1) Subject to the exigencies of the Service, special duty
leave with full pay up to fourteen days per year may be granted
by the Commissioner to an officer who is required to attend a
conference in or outside of the State as a delegate of an
appropriate recognised association.
(2) Leave granted to an officer under subregulation (1)
shall not affect his entitlement to vacation leave.
(3) An officer who is a member of an appropriate
recognised association and who is authorised to do business
for that association shall be allowed time off to do such
business by the Commissioner if the work of the Service
would not be unduly affected.
(4) An application for leave or time off under this

section shall, as far as practicable, be made well in advance of
the commencement of such leave or time off.

PART XV

GRATUITIES AND PENSIONS
183. (1) The computation and authorisation of gratuities
and pensions of officers whose retirement from the Service is
known to be impending shall be treated as urgent matters of
high priority.

Decision of
Minister.

Public
recognition.

Special duty
leave and time
off.

Computation of
gratuity, etc., a
matter of high
priority.

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(2) The Commissioner shall ensure that particulars of
service and pay of all officers whose retirement is known to be
imminent are furnished accurately to the Comptroller of
Accounts not less than three months before the date on which the
officers concerned are due to retire, in order to enable the
computation and checking of pensions, retiring allowances and
gratuities to be completed by the Comptroller of Accounts and
the Auditor General and submitted for authorisation before the
date on which the officer’s retirement from the Service is due to
take effect.

*183A. (1) An officer in the First or Second Division of the
Police Service, who has acted in a higher office for a continuous
period of at least three years immediately prior to—
(a) the date of his compulsory retirement; or
(b) the date on which he proceeds on annual leave

immediately preceding the date of his
compulsory retirement,

shall be eligible to have his pension, gratuity or other allowance
calculated as if he were substantively appointed in that
higher office.
(2) Subject to subregulation (1), an officer is required to
pay all outstanding arrears of contribution calculated on the basis
of the salary which he would have received in the higher office.
(3) All outstanding arrears of contribution referred to in
subregulation (2), shall be deducted as a lump sum from the
gratuity payable to the officer.

184. (1) As a contribution towards the special
superannuation allowances provided to officers, there shall be
deducted from the pay of every officer a sum at such yearly rate
*This regulation is deemed to have taken effect on 1st January 2004 and have been validated from
that date.

Computation of
pension in
acting capacity
prior to
compulsory
retirement.
[23/2012].

Contribution to
superannuation
allowances.

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as the President from time to time directs, not being a greater rate
than one and a quarter per cent; and all such sums shall be paid
to the Comptroller of Accounts on or before the eighth day of
every month.
(2) In the event of an officer leaving the Service by
reason of dismissal without being eligible for a pension or
gratuity under any written law, he is entitled to the return in full
of all deductions made from his pay under subregulation (1), but
the President may direct that any amount due to the State in
respect of any liability or defalcation be deducted from any
amount so returnable.
(3) In addition to the contribution payable under
subregulation (1), an officer shall, if the case so requires, pay
arrears of contribution in respect of his full-time service as an
officer or in a pensionable office in the Public Service or in
respect of both.
(4) The arrears of contribution payable under
subregulation (3) shall be determined on the basis of the actual
pay received by the officer for each year in respect of which the
arrears are payable and the aggregate amount thereof shall in the
case of an officer who retires from the Service, be deducted from
his pay, as far as practicable, by equal monthly instalments over
a period of three years from the above-mentioned date or such
lesser period, where the remainder of the service of the officer in
the Service is less than three years, or from his gratuity, by lump
sum, where any arrears of contribution are unpaid on the
retirement of such officer.
(5) In subregulation (3), “Public Service” has the same
meaning as in the Pensions Act and includes service in the Fire
Service established under the Fire Service Act, in the Prison
Service established under the Prison Service Act, and as a full-
time member of the Special Reserve Police established by the
Special Reserve Police Act.

Ch. 23:52.
Ch. 35:50.
Ch. 13:02.

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185. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), an officer who is
physically or mentally disabled may retire and, if he has
completed ten years of satisfactory service, he may be granted a
monthly pension not exceeding 1/480th of a month’s pay for each
completed month of service or the sum of—
(a) one thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2006;
(b) one thousand, six hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2007;
(c) one thousand, nine hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2008; or
(d) three thousand dollars per month, with effect

from 1st September 2010,
whichever is the greater.
(2) A pension shall not be granted under subregulation (1)
unless it is stated in a certificate of a Medical Board that the
officer to whom the certificate refers is incapable from infirmity
of mind or body of performing the duties of his office and that
such infirmity is likely to be permanent.
(3) Subject to this regulation, an officer who is not
disabled, has attained the age of fifty years and has served in the
Service for not less than ten years may be granted a monthly
pension not exceeding 1/480th of a month’s pay for each
completed month of service or the sum of—
(a) one thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2006;
(b) one thousand, six hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2007;
(c) one thousand, nine hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2008; or
(d) three thousand dollars per month, with effect

from 1st September 2010,
whichever is the greater.

Pension to
officer in
special cases.
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(4) For the purpose of regulation 184(3) and
subregulation (3), a period of full-time service in a pensionable
office in the Service shall be counted as service in the Service if
it terminates not earlier than the day immediately preceding the
commencement of service in the Service.
(5) In subregulation (4), “full-time service” means
service remunerated at a monthly paid rate and includes any
period of absence from duty on leave with full pay.
(6) The amount of any pension payable to an officer
under this regulation shall not exceed 85 per cent of his final pay
for the year in which he retires, except that, in the case of an
officer in the Second Division on the 1st October 1973, who
retires from the Service as an officer in the Second Division, the
percentage of final pay for the year in which he retires shall not
exceed 921/2 per cent.
(7) Where a period of service as an officer is or has been
immediately followed by service in a pensionable office in
another public service as defined in the Pensions Act, such an
officer, notwithstanding anything contained in subregulation (4),
is entitled to a monthly pension under the Act not exceeding
1/480th of a month’s pay for each completed month of service or
the sum of—
(a) one thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2006;
(b) one thousand, six hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2007;
(c) one thousand, nine hundred and fifty dollars per

month, with effect from 1st October 2008; or
(d) three thousand dollars per month, with effect

from 1st September 2010,
whichever is the greater.
if he has served in the Service for not less than ten years; and if
he ultimately retires from that other public service at an age less

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than fifty years at which he is permitted by Regulations of that
service to retire with a pension, the pension which may be granted
to him under the Act shall be payable from the date of such
retirement, notwithstanding that he shall not be fifty years of age.
(8) An officer may, if he has exercised his option as
provided in subregulation (9) but not otherwise, be paid, in lieu
of any pension for which he is eligible, a pension at the rate of
three-fourths of such pension together with a gratuity equal to
twelve and one-half times the amount of the annual reduction so
made in the pension.
(9) The option referred to in subregulation (8) shall be
exercisable, and if it has been exercised may be revoked—
(a) not later than one month after the retirement of

the officer in case of a pension awarded under
subregulation (1) or (2); and

(b) not later than the day immediately preceding
the date of his retirement from another public
service in the case of a pension awarded under
subregulation (7),

but the President may, if it appears to him equitable in all the
circumstances to do so, allow such an officer to exercise the option
or revoke an option previously exercised at any time between that
date and the actual date of award of pension under the Act.
(10) The date of the exercise of the option by an officer
under subregulation (8) is deemed to be the date of the receipt of
his written notification addressed to the Commissioner.
(11) Subject to subregulation (8), if an officer has
exercised the option his decision shall be irrevocable so far as
concerns any pension to be granted to him under this regulation.
(12) Where an officer has not exercised the option and
dies after his retirement but before a pension has been awarded
under the Act, the President may grant a gratuity and a reduced
pension as provided for in subregulation (9) as if the officer
before his death had exercised the option.

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(13) Nothing in this subregulation shall be construed to
entitle an officer absolutely to any pension, or to prevent his
being dismissed without pension, subject to subregulations (14)
and (15), if such an officer to whom a pension has been granted
under the Act is sentenced to a term of imprisonment by a Court
in Trinidad and Tobago or elsewhere for any crime or offence, or
quits Trinidad and Tobago after having reason to know that a
charge of having committed any indictable or summary offence
has been laid against him, and before such charge has been heard
and determined, the President may direct that such pension shall
immediately cease.
(14) An officer whose pension has ceased in pursuance
of subregulation (13), and who at any time receives a pardon in
respect of the offence for which he had been convicted, is
entitled to have such pension restored to him with effect from the
date on which it was ceased.
(15) The President may, where a pension ceases for the
reasons set out in subregulation (13), cause all or any part of the
moneys to which the pensioner would have been entitled by way
of pension to be paid to or applied for the benefit of his wife or
children or, after the expiration of his sentence, for his personal
benefit in such proportions and manner as the President thinks
proper, and such moneys shall be paid or applied accordingly.

186. (1) Where an order of maintenance is made against an
officer to whom a pension has been granted under any written law,
the President may, on its being proved to him that there is no
reasonable probability of such order being satisfied, from time to
time cause to be deducted from the moneys payable to such person
such sum as the President may consider expedient and may cause
the same to be applied to satisfy wholly or partly the said order.
(2) Where an officer to whom a pension has been
granted has left Trinidad and Tobago and has deserted and left
his wife or child in Trinidad and Tobago without sufficient
means of support is, by reason of such officer’s absence from
Trinidad and Tobago, unable and would but for such absence be

Payments out
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able to obtain an order of maintenance, the President may from
time to time cause to be deducted from the moneys payable to
such officer by way of pension such sum as the President may
consider expedient and apply the same for the maintenance and
support of such wife or child.

187. (1) When an officer has been retired in accordance with
regulation 185(1), and regulation 185(2) has been satisfied, but
such officer has not served in the Service for ten years, he may
be granted by way of gratuity a sum not exceeding one-twelfth
of a month’s pay for each completed month of service.
(2) An officer who has served in the Service for more
than five years but less than ten years and who—
(a) does not at the end of any period of enlistment

or re-enlistment, re-enlist; or
(b) is dismissed or has his services dispensed with,
may be granted by way of gratuity such sums not exceeding one-
twenty-fourth of a month’s pay for each completed month of service.

188. (1) No pension, gratuity or other allowance shall be
granted in respect of a period of service that is broken by
dismissal or removal.
(2) Service is not broken where it is interrupted by one
or a combination of the following:
(a) one day;
(b) weekends;
(c) public holidays;
(d) suspension; or
(e) interdiction, where the outcome is favourable to

the officer.

189. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), when the President is
satisfied that an officer has been permanently injured—
(a) in the actual discharge of his duty; and

Service for less
than ten years.

Broken service.

Permanent
injury.

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(b) without his own default; and
(c) by some injury specifically attributable to the

nature of his duty,
and his retirement is thereby necessitated or accelerated, such an
officer may be granted in respect of such injury, in addition to
any pension or gratuity granted to him, an allowance in
proportion to his injury of such monthly amount as the President
may direct, not exceeding the following:

When his capacity to contribute to his support is—
Slightly impaired one-twelfth of a month’s salary
Impaired one-sixth of a month’s salary
Materially impaired one-quarter of a month’s salary
Totally destroyed one-third of a month’s salary

(2) An officer who is permanently injured while
travelling by air in pursuance of official instructions is deemed
to have been injured in the circumstances detailed in
subregulation (1)(a) and (c) and in any such case, if the
provisions of subregulation (1)(b) are also satisfied the rates
of allowances shall be one-eighth, one-quarter, three-eighth
and one-half of a month’s pay respectively instead of the
rates of allowance prescribed in subregulation (1).
(3) The allowance referred to in subregulation (1)
together with any pension granted hereunder shall not exceed
five-sixth of a month’s pay as at the date of injury and for the
purpose of this subregulation any exercise of the option
conferred by regulation 185(9) shall be ignored in calculating
any such pension.
(4) The allowance referred to in subregulation (1)
shall be less than the maximum specified in subregulation (3)
by such amount as the President thinks reasonable in the
following cases, namely—
(a) where the injured officer has continued to serve

for not less than one year after the injury in
respect of which he retires;

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(b) where the injured officer is forty-five or more
years old at the date of the injury; or

(c) where the injury is not the sole cause of
the retirement.

(5) Before granting an allowance under subregulation (1)
the President shall be furnished with the report of a Medical Board,
so far as may be possible, on the matters relevant to his decision,
and shall be guided by such report.
(6) If an injured officer has not qualified for any pension
under this Act but is entitled to a gratuity under regulation 188 he
may be granted, in lieu of such gratuity, a further allowance of
such monthly sum, not exceeding one-twelfth of so many 480ths
of a month’s salary as is equal to the number of months he has
actually served, as the President may direct.

190. (1) If an officer dies as a result of injuries received—
(a) in the actual discharge of his duty;
(b) without his own default; and
(c) on account of circumstances specifically

attributable to the nature of his duty,
while in the service of the Service, the President subject to
subregulation (2), may grant, in addition to the grant, if any,
made under regulation 189(3)—
(i) if the deceased officer leaves a spouse, a

pension to the spouse, while unmarried,
according to such scale as may from time
to time be fixed by the President;

(ii) if the deceased officer leaves a spouse to
whom a pension is granted under
subparagraph (i) and a child, a pension in
respect of each child, until such child
attains the age of eighteen years, of an
amount not exceeding one-eighth of the
pension payable under the subparagraph (i);

Pension to
dependant of
officer killed on
duty and
gratuity to
spouse, etc., of
officer who
dies in the
Service.

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(iii) if the deceased officer leaves a child, but
does not leave a spouse or no pension is
granted to the spouse, a pension in
respect of each child, until such child
attains the age of eighteen years, of an
amount not exceeding one quarter of the
pension payable under subparagraph (i);

(iv) if the deceased officer leaves a child and
a spouse to whom a pension is granted
under subparagraph (i), and the spouse
subsequently dies, a pension in respect of
each child, as from the date of the death
of the spouse until such child attains the
age of eighteen years, of an amount not
exceeding one quarter of the pension
payable under subparagraph (i);

(v) if the deceased officer does not leave a
spouse, or if no pension is granted to the
spouse and if his mother was wholly or
mainly dependent on the deceased officer
for her support, a pension to the mother,
whilst she is without adequate means of
support, of an amount not exceeding the
pension which might have been granted
to the spouse.

(2) A pension shall not be payable under subregulation (1)
at any time in respect of more than six children, and where there are
more than six children in respect of whom, but for this
subregulation, a pension would be payable, then the amount payable
in respect of six children shall be divided equally among all such
children during the period in which there are more than six children
of pensionable age.
(3) In the case of a pension granted under subregulation
(1)(v), if the mother is a widow at the time of the grant of such
pension and subsequently remarries, such pension shall cease as

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from the date of her remarriage; and if it appears to the President
at any time that the mother is adequately provided with other
means of support, such pension shall cease as from such date as
the President may determine.
(4) A pension granted to a female child under
subregulation (1) shall cease upon the marriage of such child
under the age of eighteen years.
(5) For the purpose of subregulation (1), the word
“child” includes—
(a) a posthumous child;
(b) a step-child born before the date of the injury

and wholly or mainly dependent upon the
deceased officer for support; and

(c) an adopted child, adopted in the manner
recognised by law, before the date of the injury,
and wholly or mainly dependent upon the
deceased officer for support.

(6) An officer who dies as a result of injuries received
while travelling by air in pursuance of official instructions is
deemed to have died in the circumstances mentioned in
subregulation (1)(a) and (c).
(7) If an officer dies while in the Service, the President
may grant to his spouse or to his children or to any of his
dependant a gratuity of an amount not exceeding one year’s
salary of such officer, or his commuted pension gratuity, if any,
whichever is the greater.
(8) Where an officer, to whom either an unreduced
pension or a gratuity and reduced pension has been granted, dies
after retirement from the Service, and the sums paid or payable to
him at his death on account of such unreduced pension, or
gratuity and reduced pension as the case may be, are less than the
amount of the annual salary enjoyed by him at the date of his
retirement, the President may grant to his spouse or to his children
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(9) For the purpose of subregulations (7) and (8)—
“commuted pension gratuity” means the gratuity, if any,

calculated in the manner prescribed in regulation 181,
which might have been granted to the officer if he had
retired immediately before his death in circumstances
rendering him eligible to receive a gratuity and reduced
pension instead of an unreduced pension;

“dependant” means a spouse, child including an adopted child
and a child of the family, parent, grandparent, step-parent,
brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, or a person who
stood in loco parentis to the deceased officer whether
related to him by consanguinity or not.

PART XVI

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
191. (1) Any communication that an officer wishes to
address to the Commissioner shall be forwarded through the
senior officer under whom he is serving.
(2) The senior officer in forwarding a communication
from a junior officer is expected to comment and give advice on
the questions dealt with in such communication.

192. An official communication that an officer wishes to
address to a Government Official or Department shall be
forwarded to the Commissioner through the senior officer under
whom he is serving.

193. (1) Orders may be issued to officers as follows:
(a) Standing Orders, by the Commissioner;
(b) Service Orders, by the Commissioner;
(c) Divisional or Branch Orders, by officers in

charge of such Divisions or Branches.
(2) The Commissioner may appoint a committee to
advise him on the issue of Standing Orders.

Communication
to
Commissioner.

Official
communication.

Orders.

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(3) The appropriate recognised association shall be
invited by the Commissioner to nominate representatives to
serve on a committee appointed under subregulation (2).
194. The Commissioner may issue Standing Orders to the
Service setting out the books and other records to be kept at
Divisions, Branches, Stations or other Administrative or
Operational Units of the Service, the manner in which such
books or other records are to be kept, and how they should be
disposed of.
195. No erasures shall be made in any official book or
document but mistakes shall be crossed out and initialled, except
in the case of corrections in a Station Diary which shall be made
by the recording of a new entry correcting the original entry.
196. (1) The Commissioner shall bring all orders,
regulations and other official publications affecting officers to
their attention.
(2) The Commissioner shall circulate the Gazette for
the information of all officers.
197. (1) An officer shall have in his possession his pocket
diary at all times.
(2) An officer shall record in his pocket diary only all
entries in relation to his duties.
198. Where an officer, who is charged other than by the police
with a criminal offence arising out of or in the course of the
execution of his duty, seeks legal aid in the conduct of his
defence, the Commissioner, if satisfied that the officer acted in
good faith in the execution of his duty, shall so report to the
Attorney General who shall decide whether the officer shall be
granted legal aid.
199. An officer shall inform the Commissioner in writing
when he changes his name and shall submit documentary
evidence of that fact as soon as possible.

Standing
Orders with
respect to
books and other
records.

Corrections.

Circulation of
orders.

Pocket diary.

Legal aid.

Change of
name.

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200. (1) An officer of the First Division shall salute his
seniors in rank.
(2) An officer of the Second Division shall salute an
officer of the First Division.
(3) An officer shall salute such designated persons on
such occasions as the Commissioner may direct.

201. A record shall be kept in a register of all found property
in such manner as the Commissioner may direct.

202. (1) A Mess may be established at any Police Station or
Police Training Academy for the use and convenience of the
personnel of such Station or Academy.
(2) All cooking utensils, wares, stoves and other
messing facilities shall be supplied out of public funds.

203. The responsibility for the efficient administration of all
Messes shall rest with the Commissioner who shall issue
instructions for their operation.

204. (1) Every officer in the First Division shall be a member
of the First Division Officers’ Mess of which the Commissioner
shall be President.
(2) The entrance fee for membership of the First
Division Officers’ Mess as well as the annual subscription to be
paid for such membership shall be determined at the General
Mess Meeting to be held in January of each year.
(3) The Mess shall be managed by a Management
Committee that shall consist of a Deputy Commissioner as
Chairman, the Mess Secretary as the Secretary and three other
members to be elected annually at the General Mess Meeting.
(4) The Management Committee shall appoint a
member to the Committee to act in the place of any Committee
member who may be absent on duty or leave.

Saluting.

Register of
found property.

Establishment
of Messes.

Administration
of Messes.

First Division
Officers’ Mess.

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(5) The Commissioner shall appoint a member of the
Mess to be Mess Secretary who shall keep all accounts, books
and records relating to the management and operation of the
Mess, and shall perform such duties as the Management
Committee may direct.
(6) No entries shall be made in the Mess Fund Book
other than those concerned with the furnishing and general up-
keep of the Mess and the payment of attendants.
(7) The annual contribution voted by the Parliament
shall be paid into the Mess Fund.
(8) Rules for the general management of the Mess
shall be—
(a) made at the Annual General Mess Meeting or at any

other General Mess Meeting called for the purpose;
(b) subject to the approval of the Commissioner; and
(c) binding on all members of the Mess.

205. (1) Every Inspector and Sergeant shall be a member of
the Inspectors’ and Sergeants’ Mess of which the Commissioner
shall be President.
(2) The entrance fee for membership of the Inspectors’
and Sergeants’ Mess as well as the annual subscription to be paid
for such membership shall be determined at the General Mess
Meeting to be held in January of each year.
(3) The Mess shall be managed by a Management
Committee, the composition of which shall be determined by the
appropriate recognised association and the Commissioner.
(4) The Management Committee shall appoint a
member to the Committee to act in the place of any Committee
member who may be absent on duty or leave.
(5) The Commissioner shall appoint a member of the
Mess to be Mess Secretary who shall be Secretary of the
Management Committee and shall keep all accounts, books and

Inspectors’ and
Sergeants’
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records relating to the management and operation of the Mess,
and shall perform such other duties as the Management
Committee may direct.
(6) No entries shall be made in the Mess Fund Book
other than those concerned with the furnishing and general up-
keep of the Mess and the payment of attendants.
(7) The annual contribution voted by Parliament shall
be paid into the Mess Fund.
(8) Rules for the general management of the Mess
shall be—
(a) made at the Annual General Mess Meeting or at

any other General Mess Meeting called for the
purpose;

(b) subject to the approval of the Commissioner; and
(c) binding on all members of the Mess.

206. (1) Every other officer in the Second Division shall be
a member of the Other Ranks’ Mess of which the Commissioner
shall be President.
(2) The entrance fee for membership of the Other
Ranks’ Mess as well as the annual subscription to be paid for
such membership shall be determined at the General Mess
Meeting to be held in January of each year.
(3) The Mess shall be managed by a Management
Committee, the composition of which shall be determined by the
appropriate recognised association and the Commissioner.
(4) The Management Committee shall appoint a
member to the Committee to act in the place of any Committee
member who may be absent on duty or leave.
(5) The Commissioner shall appoint a member of the
Mess to be Mess Secretary who shall be Secretary of the
Management Committee and shall keep all accounts, books and

Other Ranks’
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records relating to the management and operation of the Mess,
and shall perform such other duties as the Management
Committee may direct.
(6) No entries shall be made in the Mess Fund Book
other than those concerned with the furnishing and general up-
keep of the Mess and the payment of attendants.
(7) The annual contribution voted by Parliament shall
be paid into the Mess Fund.
(8) Rules for the general management of the Mess shall be—
(a) made at the Annual General Mess Meeting or

at any other General Mess Meeting called for
the purpose;

(b) subject to the approval of the
Commissioner; and

(c) binding on all members of the Mess.
207. (1) There shall be a Police Sports Club of which every
officer and trainee shall be a member and of which the
Commissioner shall be President.
(2) The Sports Club shall be managed by a committee
(“the Management Committee”) to be elected annually by the
members and approved by the Commissioner.
(3) The Management Committee shall submit annually
to the Commissioner an audited financial statement of the
Sports Club.
(4) Members shall pay a subscription to be fixed by the
Commissioner after consultation with the Management
Committee.
(5) Rules for the general management of the Sports
Club shall be—
(a) made at the Annual General Meeting or at any

other general meeting called for the purpose;
(b) subject to the approval of the Commissioner; and
(c) binding on all members of the Club.

Sports Club.

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208. A member of the Police Band shall not participate as a
player at any public or private entertainment except with the
written permission of the Commissioner.
209. (1) The Police Band or part of the Band may, with the
written permission of the Commissioner, play at any entertainment.
(2) Fees shall be charged for playing at such entertainment
at such rates as may be approved by the Commissioner.
(3) Fees paid under subregulation (2) shall be paid in
advance and eighty per cent of it shall be divided amongst
members of the Band playing at such entertainment in such
proportion as the Commissioner shall direct and the remainder
shall be paid into the Award Fund.
210. These Regulations shall apply to every officer, whether
the officer is appointed to an office in the Service for an
indeterminate period, on probation or on contract.

Police Band.

Police Band to
play with
permission.

Application of
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE
APPLICATION FOR TRAINEE/BAND APPRENTICE

1. SURNAME ................................. FIRST NAMES .............................................

Other names known by (if any) .............................................................................

2. Present Address .....................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

3. Home Address (if different from 2) .......................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

4. Full Postal Address ...............................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

5. Telephone Number ................................................................................................

6. State full address or addresses at which you have resided over the last five (5)
years:

Attach recent
passport size
photograph

APPENDIX A

Address
Time

From To

Regulations 4(1)
and 6(1).

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7. Date of Birth .........................................................................................................

8. Citizenship ............................................................................................................

9. (a) Father’s Name ........................................... Nationality .................................

(b) Mother’s Name ......................................... Nationality ..................................

10. What is:
(a) Your Occupation .......................................................................................

(b) Your Father’s Occupation .........................................................................

(c) Father’s Present Address ...........................................................................

(d) Your Mother’s Occupation ........................................................................

(e) Mother’s Present Address .........................................................................

11. State below, in order of date, the schools you have attended:

Name of School
Particulars of Scholarships,
etc., and whether School

Prefect, etc.Entry Leaving
Age of
Leaving

DATE OF

12. Academic or other qualifications including musical ability, certificates, etc.
(G.C.E., “O” and “A” Levels, etc.)

...............................................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

13. Languages spoken .................................................................................................

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Name and address
of employer

Capacity in which
employed From To

Reason for
leaving

DATE EMPLOYED

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15. (a) Are you the holder of a driving permit? ..........................................................

(b) If so, state date of issue ...................................................................................

(c) Types and classes of vehicles you are permitted to drive:

.........................................................................................................................

(d) Driving Permit Number ..................................................................................

16. Give details of any special skills ...........................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

17. Married/Single ............................. If married, state Spouse’s Name and Address:

...............................................................................................................................

18. Number and ages of children ................................................................................

19. State your height (in bare feet) in (cm) and weight in (kg):

...............................................................................................................................

20. Details of any sports or other extra curricular activities in which you take part,
and at what level:

...............................................................................................................................

14. Give details of your employment since leaving school:

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21. Have you ever been charged with or summoned before a Court for any offence?

...............................................................................................................................

If so, give particulars of offence, date, place, Court and result:

...............................................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

...............................................................................................................................

22. Give names and addresses of two citizens (not relatives) who have known you
for not less than five (5) years, and to whom reference may be made:

Name Address
From To

Occupation
PERIOD OF KNOWLEDGE

OF CANDIDATE

23. Attach at least (2) testimonials from persons other than those mentioned at 22.

I hereby declare that all the above statements made by me are true and correct
to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Date ...................... Signature of Applicant ..........................................................

N.B.: Applications must be submitted to the Officer in Charge of the Police Station
nearest to which the applicant resides.

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Regulation 13.APPENDIX B
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE

PROBATIONER’S ASSESSMENT
Number .............................................................. Date Enlisted ....................................
Name ..................................................................

ASSESSMENT

10. Punctuality.

11. Absent from duty.

12. Does he/she have personal
problems, domestic, financial or
otherwise?

9. Can he/she be depended upon to
perform duties within his/her
competence without direct
supervision?

8. Is his/her appearance and
turnout always of good
standard?

7. Is he/she amendable to
discipline?

6. Has he/she been found wanting
in his/her behaviour towards the
public?

4. Is he/she clear and precise in
his/her speech and writing?

5. Has he/she been reasonable in
dealing with reports and
applying the law?

3. Performance: Has his/her work
been generally of good
standard?

2. Industry: Does he/she do his/her
full share of work?

1. Has he/she shown sustained
interest in his/her duties?

Unsatis-
factory

Improve-
ment

Required
Satis-
factory

Above
Average Outstanding

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General Remarks of Appraiser:

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

Rank .............................................................

....................................................................... ........................................................
Signature Date

Remarks of Officer in Charge of Division:

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

Rank .............................................................

....................................................................... ........................................................
Signature Date

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APPENDIX C
FIRST DIVISION OFFICERS’ UNIFORM

AND ORDERS OF DRESS

Badges of Rank—Silver-plated, Service pattern on dark blue background.

Belt, Sam Brown—with pouch and holster in brown leather with silver-plated fittings.

Beret—Dark blue cloth, Officers’ pattern, silver-plated Service badge at left front.

Boots and Shoes—
(a) Black Wellington parade;
(b) Black top riding boots;
(c) Brown leather shoes, plain toe-cap;
(d) Black patent leather shoes, no toe-cap;
(e) Black leather shoes, plain toe-cap for female police officers.

Bush Tunic—Khaki garnaline, single breasted, four buttons and eyelets button stand
cut on, open shirt collar with miniature Service Badges or Gorgets, two breast pockets,
with 11/2 inch pleat down centre, three-pointed flaps, two Service pattern bottom
pockets, whole back with vent to waist seam, separate self-cloth belt, short sleeves
11/2 inch permanent turn-ups, shoulder straps extending to collar stand, badges of rank
on shoulder straps.

Buttons—Silver-plated with Service badge.

Cross Belt and Pouch—Black Morocco leather as worn by Rifle Regiments, with
silver-plated chains, and silver-plated Service badge in front of belt and in centre of
pouch.

Cummerbund, Mess—Dark blue silk, 51/2 inches in front, fitted with dark black leather
strap and buckle.

Cap—Dark blue Regulation for female police officers.

Forage Cap—Guards’ pattern, dark blue, black oak leaf lace band, silver-plated
Service badge in front, and black patent leather chinstrap. Two rows of oak leaf silver
lace on peak for the Commissioner; one row of oak leaf silver lace on peak for the
Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner; 3/4 inch silver wire lace on black
patent leather peak for Senior Superintendent and Superintendent; plain black patent
leather peak for Assistant Superintendent.

Gloves—Brown leather.

Gloves—White.

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Gorgets—
Commissioner: Silver embroidered oak leaf with three acorns down centre of dark blue
cloth. Size: Length—33/4 inches to point; Width: 13/4 inches; one small silver-plated
Service button.
Deputy Commissioner: As above, but silver ornament of twisted 1/4 inch silver braid.
Assistant Commissioner: As above, but silver ornament of 1/4 inch tracing braid.

Hose tops—Dark blue.

Lanyard and Whistle—Dark blue silk cord, 36 inches double, with Metropolitan Police
pattern whistle.

Mess Jacket—Plain white Eton jacket with miniature silver-plated Service badge on
dark blue mount on each lapel, dark blue detachable shoulder straps, miniature silver-
plated badges of rank.

Overalls—Dark blue cloth with 13/4 inches black overleaf braid down sides, black
leather tabs to button or buckle under Wellington boots.

Riding Breaches—Dark blue cloth with black buckskin strappings and 13/4 inches
black oak leaf braid down sides, split falls, cross pockets, laced, boot button at back,
seam across the knee.

Satchels—Black and brown leather for female police officers.

Sashes—Dark blue with tassels.

Shirt—White, soft.

Shirt—White, hard front evening, detached collar, black studs and links with silver-
plated border.

Shirt—White, soft evening, attached or detached double collar, polo shape, plain white
buttons.

Shorts—Khaki Garnaline, fly front, side pockets, waistband all round, 33/4 inches deep
with four pleats.

Skirts—Dark blue serge.

Skirts—Khaki Garberdine.

Skirts—Khaki Garnaline.

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Socks—Dark blue for service dress, black for Mess kit.

Stockings—Khaki.

Stockings—Black and flesh colour (ladies).

Spurs, box—Silver-plated, swan neck.

Spurs, riding—Short-necked, silver-plated with chains, black leather guards and
straps.

Sword belt and Slings—In black Morocco leather, black web belt with silver-plated
buckles.

Sword—Infantry pattern—hilt and scabbard to be plated.

Sword Knot—Silver strap and acorn.

Tie—Black evening bow, square ends.

Tie—Silk poplin, dark blue, open ends, length 45 inches.

Trousers (Mess)—Black cloth, modified to pattern of Regulation Navy Mess Kit
trousers, black oak leaf braid down sides.

Trousers (Slacks)—Khaki Garnaline with two side pockets.

Tunic, White Drill—Shoulder straps of the same material to fasten with one small
Service button, stand-up collar to fasten with two hooks, five large Service buttons in
front, outside pockets on breast of coat with flaps to button with small Service buttons
11/2 inch fold of cloth down to the centre of the breast pockets, V-shaped cuffs, sides
of tunic to be split 4 inches, badges of rank on shoulder straps; gorgets, dark blue
detachable shoulder straps and lanyards for the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner
and Assistant Commissioner and miniature Service Badges for other First Division
Officers.

Tunic, Service Pattern—Khaki gaberdine (dark blue serge for female police officers),
with breast and side pockets, Service badge on upper part of lapel, four large Service
buttons in front, small Service buttons for shoulder straps, breast pockets and side
pockets, badges of rank on shoulder straps, self-cloth belt with silver-plated buckle,
detachable silver-plated waist hooks; gorgets for the Commissioner, Deputy
Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner.

Waterproof—Khaki, regulation pattern.

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ORDERS OF DRESS
(i) Full Dress:

Forage Cap, white tunic, cross belt and pouch, sword and plated scabbard, sword
belt and slings, silver sword knot, medals and/or decorations (if any), overalls,
Wellington boots, box spurs, white gloves; gorgets, dark blue detachable shoulder
straps, lanyards and sashes for the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and
Assistant Commissioner. Dark blue Service pattern Tunic belt and skirt, black
stockings, black leather shoes, white soft shirt and navy blue tie for female police
officers.
When Mounted: Dark blue riding breeches, black top boots, spurs and chains, black
leather guards.
(ii) Service Dress:

Forage Cap, khaki gaberdine service tunic, white shirt, blue tie, Sam Browne belt
or self-cloth belt, khaki gaberdine trousers, blue socks, brown leather shoes, lanyard
and whistle; gorgets for the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant
Commissioner. Khaki gaberdine skirt and flesh colour stocking for female police
officers.

When Mounted: Dark blue riding breeches, black top boots, spurs and chains,
black leather guards.
(iii) Patrol Dress:

Forage Cap or beret, khaki garnaline bush tunic or khaki shirt with self-cloth belt
or stable belt and silver-plated buckle or Sam Browne belt, khaki garnaline trousers,
brown shoes, lanyard and whistle. Khaki garnaline skirt and flesh colour stockings for
female police officers.

When Mounted: Dark blue riding breeches, black top boots, spurs and chains,
black leather guards.
(iv) Mess Dress:

Forage Caps, white Mess Jacket, cummerbund, miniature medals, overalls or
Mess trousers, black socks, black Wellington boots with box spurs or black patent
leather shoes, hard front or soft evening shirt, black bow tie and white gloves. Dark
blue regulation cap, dark blue serge skirt, black stockings and black leather shoes for
female police officers.
(v) Tactical Dress:

Long sleeve khaki garnaline shirt, with “Police” on the back, khaki garnaline
pants with cargo pockets, nylon belt with hook type buckle, black military boots or
operational type, peak cap with “Police” on front, the name of the tactical unit to be
worn on top right of shirt pocket.

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APPENDIX D
SECOND DIVISION OFFICERS’ UNIFORM

AND ORDERS OF DRESS

INSPECTORS

Badges of Rank—Silver-plated bars 1.6 inches by 0.3 inches.
Belt, Sam Browne—With pouch and holster, in brown leather with silver-plated
fittings.
Boots and Shoes—

(a) Black Wellington parade;
(b) Black top riding boots;
(c) Brown leather shoes, plain toe-cap;
(d) Black patent leather shoes, no toe-cap;
(e) Black leather shoes, plain toe-cap for female police officers.

Bush Tunic—Khaki garnaline drill, single breasted, four buttons and eyelets, button
stand out on, open shirt collar, with miniature Service badges, two breast pockets with
11/2 inch pleat down centre, three pointed flaps, two service pattern bottom pockets,
whole back with vent to waist seam; separate self-cloth belt, short sleeves, 11/2 inches
permanent turn-ups, shoulder straps extending to collar stand, badges of rank on
shoulder straps.
Buttons—Silver-plated with Service badge.
Cross Belt and Pouch—Black Morocco leather as sworn by Rifle Regiment, with
silver-plated chains, and silver-plated Service badge in front of belt and in centre of
pouch.
Cummerbund—Dark blue silk, 51/2 inches in front, fitted with black leather strap and
buckle.
Cap—Dark blue regulation for female police officers.
Forage Cap—Guards’ pattern, dark blue, black oak leaf lace band, silver-plated
Service badge in front, black patent leather, chinstrap. Two rows of oak leaf silver lace
on peak for the Commissioner; one row of oak leaf silver lace on peak for the Deputy
Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner; 3/4 inch silver wire lace on black patent
leather peak for Senior Superintendent and Superintendent; plain black patent leather
peak for Assistant Superintendent.
Gloves—White.
Helmet—White—Wolseley pattern, cork, with 8-fold white puggaree, silver-
plated spike and chain, silver-plated Service badge in front; 4-inch hackle of
blue and white vulture feathers, white inside, to be worn at the left side secured
by puggaree.

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Hose tops—Dark blue.
Lanyard and Whistle—Dark blue silk cord, 36 inches double, with Metropolitan Police
pattern whistle.
Mess Jacket—White drill shell jacket with miniature silver-plated Service badge on
dark blue cloth mount on each lapel, plain shoulder straps, and miniature silver-plated
badges of rank.
Overalls—Dark blue cloth with 13/4 inch black oak leaf braid down sides, black
leather tabs to button or buckle under Wellington boots.
Riding Breeches—Dark blue with self strappings.
Satchels—Black leather for female police officers.
Shirt—White, soft evenings, attached or detached double collar, polo shape, plain
white buttons.
Shorts—Khaki garnaline, fly front, side pockets, waistband all round 33/4 inches deep
with four pleats.
Skirts—Dark blue Serge.
Skirts—Khaki garberdine
Socks—Dark blue for Service dress, black for Mess kit.
Spurs, Riding—Short-necked, silver-plated with chains, black leather guards and
straps.
Stockings—Khaki.
Stockings—Black and flesh colour (ladies).
Sword Belt and Slings—In black Morocco leather, black web belt with silver-plated
buckles.
Sword—Infantry pattern; hilt and scabbard to be plated.
Sword Knot—Silver strap and acorn.
Tie—Silk poplin, dark blue, open ends, length 45 inches.
Trousers (Mess)—Black cloth, modified to pattern of Regulation Navy Mess kit
trousers, black oak leaf braid down sides.
Trousers (Slacks)—Khaki garnaline with two side pockets.
Trousers (Slacks)— Khaki gaberdine with two side pockets.
Tunic, Service pattern—Khaki gaberdine (Dark blue serge for female police officers),
with breast and side pockets. Service badge on upper part of lapel, four large Service
buttons in front, small Service buttons for shoulder straps, breast pockets and side
pockets, badges of rank on shoulder straps; self-cloth belt with silver-plated buckle,
detachable silver-plated waist hook.

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Tunic, White Drill—Shoulder straps of the same material to fasten with one small
Service button, stand-up collar to fasten with two hooks five large Service buttons in
front, outside pocket on breast of coat with flaps to button with small Service buttons,
a 11/2 inch fold of cloth down the centre of the breast pockets, V-shaped cuffs, sides of
tunic to be split 4 inches, badges of rank on shoulder straps.
Waterproof —Khaki regulation pattern.

ORDERS OF DRESS
(i) Review Order:

White helmet, white tunic, cross belt and pouch, sword and plated scabbard,
sword belt and slings, silver sword knot, medals and/or decorations (if any), overalls,
Wellington boots, white gloves, dark blue regulation cap, service pattern tunic and
skirt, White shirt, dark blue tie, black stockings and black leather shoes for female
police officers.

When Mounted: Dark blue riding breaches, black top boots, spurs, and chains,
black leather guards.
(ii) Service Dress:

Forage cap, khaki gaberdine service tunic, white collar and shirt, blue tie, Sam
Browne belt with one strap or self-cloth belt, khaki trousers, blue socks, brown leather
shoes, lanyard and whistle. Khaki gaberdine skirt and flesh colour stockings for female
police officers.

When Mounted: Dark blue riding breeches, black top boots, spurs, black leather
guards.
(iii) Patrol Dress:

Forage cap, khaki garnaline bush tunic with self-cloth belt and silver-plated
buckle for Sam Browne with one strap, khaki garnaline trousers, brown shoes, lanyard
and whistle. Khaki garnaline skirt and flesh colour stockings for female police officers.

When Mounted: Dark blue riding breeches, black stop boots, spurs, black leather
guards.
(iv) Mess Dress:

Forage cap, white Mess jacket, cummerbunds, miniature medals, Mess trousers,
black socks, black patent leather shoes, soft evening shirt, black bow tie and dark blue
regulation cap. Dark blue serge skirt, black stockings and black leather shoe for female
police officers.

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(v) Tactical Dress:
Long sleeve khaki garnaline shirt, with “Police” on the back, khaki garnaline

pants with cargo pockets, nylon belt with hook type buckle, black military boots or
operational type, peak cap with “Police” on front, the name of the tactical unit to be
worn on top right of shirt pocket.

SERGEANTS, CORPORALS AND CONSTABLES
Aiguillette—Blue, white metal ends.
Badges of Rank—Silver lace.
Badges of Appointment—As above.
Badges for Skill—As above.
Belt—Waist—White buff, “ER” cypher, “Trinidad Police”, adjustable buckle and
claps in white metal.
Belt—Waist—Brown leather
Belt—Waist—Black leather with silver-plated buckle for female police officers.
Boots:

(a) Ankle, black leather;
(b) Jack boots, black leather.

Bush Tunic—Dark blue garnaline, single breasted, four buttons and eyelets, button
stand cut on, open shirt collar, two breast pockets 11/2-inch pleats down centre, three
pointed flaps, two service pattern bottom pockets, whole back with vent to waist seam,
short sleeves 11/2-inch permanent turn-ups, shoulder straps extending to collar stand
for female police officers.
Buttons—White metal, with Service badge.
Cane—Regulation, 21/2 feet long by 11/2 inches in circumference. Police badge on
white metal head.
Canvass Shoes—White.
Canvass Shoes—Black.
Cap—Blue, Navy pattern with ribbon “Trinidad and Tobago Police Service” in gold
letters.
Cap—Dark blue regulation for female police officers.
Cap—White, duck, Navy pattern with ribbon “Trinidad and Tobago Police Service” in
gold letters.
Cloak—Black waterproof, regulation pattern with sleeves.
Crowns—White metal.
Crowns—Silver lace.

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Duty Badge—Blue and white.
Forage Cap—Universal pattern indigo blue cloth and small Service badge in front.
Forage Cap—As above but with white cord in crown seam.
Girdle—As used by Lancer Regiments.
Helmet—White—Wolseley pattern, cork, leather chinstrap, and large Service badge in
front. Spike and chain for Review Order. White puggaree for the Band.
Helmet—Khaki—Wolseley pattern, cork, leather chinstrap, with large Service badge
in front.
Hooks for belt—Brass.
Hose tops—Blue.
Jersey—Blue with word “Police”.
Jumper— Serge—Navy pattern, red piping around armholes.
Jumper—White Drill—Navy pattern, detachable blue and white collar, blue and white
cuffs.
Kit Box—Wooden, Regulation.
Knife—Claps.
Lanyard—White, for knife.
Lanyard and Whistle—Dark blue silk cord, 36 inches double with Metropolitan Police
pattern whistle.
Neckerchief—Black Silk.
Numerals—White metal.
Plastron—Tunic as worn by Lancer Regiments.
Puttees—

(a) Dark blue;
(b) Khaki.

P.T. Uniform—White for female police officers.
Riding Breeches—Dark blue Bedford cord with strapping of same material.
Riding Breeches—As above with white mohair braid 11/2-inch wide down seams.
Riding Whip—3 feet long with leather handle.
Satches—Black leather for female police officers.
Shirts—Khaki.
Shirts—Flannel—Navy Pattern.
Shirts—Grey Flannelette.

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Shoes—Black leather for female police officers.
Shorts—Khaki drill with loops for belts, truncheon and side pockets.
Shorts—White drill navy pattern.
Shoulder Chains—Steel ring.
Skirts—Dark blue garnaline for female police officers.
Skirts—Dark blue Serge for female police officers.
Socks—Dark blue for female police officers.
Socks—White for female police officers.
Spurs—Jack—Nickel-plated with straps complete.
Stick—Walking.
Stockings—Black for female police officers.
Sword Belt and Slings—White buff with white metal fittings, Cavalry pattern.
Sword—Cavalry pattern, steel hilt and scabbard.
Sword Knot—Buff Cavalry.
Trousers—Serge—With truncheon and side pockets.
Trousers— Serge—With 1/2 inch white strip down seams.
Truncheon—Long with leather strap.
Truncheon—Short, with leather strap.
Tunic—White Drill—Shoulder straps of the same material with letters “T.T.P.S.” in
white metal one inch from the seam and to fasten with one small Service button, stand-
up collar to fasten with two hooks, five large Service buttons in front, outside pockets
on breast of coat with flaps to button with small Service buttons, sides of tunic to be
split four inches, loops for duty badge on left sleeve.
Tunic—White Drill—As above but with pointed cuffs 51/2 inches deep.
Tunic—Serge—Similar to Tunic, white.
Tunic—Serge—Similar to Tunic, white but with shoulder straps and Austrian knot on
cuffs of white bubular braid, white piping along back arm of sleeve and back of tunic,
blue and white epaulettes.
Whistle—Brass, nickel-plated, with chain.
Whistle Cord—Black.
Whistle Cord—White.

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ORDERS OF DRESS
(i) Review Order:

White helmet with spike and chain, white tunic, white waist belt, pouch, frog,
blue trousers, ankle boots, rifle and bayonet when ordered or sword for Mounted
Police. Dark blue regulation cap and skirt black stockings and black leather shoes for
female police officers.

Mounted Branch, when mounted: White braided riding breeches, blue pastron,
lancer girdle, aiguillettes and shoulder chains, Jack boots and spurs, sword lance with
blue and white pennon when ordered.
(ii) Marching Order:

White helmet with leather chin-strap or forage cap, blue tunic, leather waist belt,
pouch, frog, rifle and bayonet or sword for Mounted Branch (unless otherwise
ordered), trousers, ankle boots and cloak.

Mounted Branch, when mounted: Riding breeches, Jack boots or puttees as
ordered, sword, cape on saddle, revolver and pouch if ordered.
(iii) Drill Order:

White helmet and leather chinstrap or forage cap, grey shirt, long trousers, leather
waist belt and ankle boots. Frog, sword (for Mounted Branch) or rifle and bayonet,
unless otherwise ordered.

Dark blue regulation cap, dark blue garnaline bush tunic and skirt, black leather
belt, black stockings and black leather shoes for female police officers.

Mounted Branch, when mounted: As in Marching Order, but with grey shirt.
(iv) Patrol Order:

No. 1—White helmet with leather chinstrap, white tunic, blue and white waist
belt, truncheon, blue trousers, and ankle boots.

No. 2—White helmet with chinstrap, grey shirt, brown leather belt, truncheon,
long trousers, and ankle boots.

No. 3—Blue forage cap, grey shirt, brown leather belt, truncheon, long trousers,
ankle boots.

No. 4—Blue forage cap, blue tunic, brown leather belt, truncheon, blue trousers,
ankle boots.

Waterproof will be worn as ordered.
Patrol Order for female police officers – Similar to Drill Order.
Mounted Branch, when mounted: Riding breeches, puttees and spurs, or Jack

boots as ordered, rolled cap on saddle.

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(v) Tactical Dress:
Long sleeve navy blue shirt, with “Police” on the back, black pants with cargo

pockets, nylon belt with hook type buckle, black military boots or operational type,
peak cap with “Police” on front, the name of the tactical unit to be worn on top right
of shirt pocket.

APPENDIX E
STATEMENT OF INDEBTEDNESS

As at .......................... 20........

Name ...............................................................................................................................

Rank ...................................................... Married, Single or Other ................................

Division or Branch ................................ Number of dependants ..................................

Salary .................................................................

Salary after deductions ......................................

Regulation 144.

Date ............................ 20 ............ Signature .....................................................

To whom Indebted

Name DateIncurred

Reasons for
which
Debt was
incurred

How Secured
Terms of
Repay-
ment

Amount
now

Outstand-
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POLICE SERVICE (RECRUITMENT OF SPECIAL
RESERVE POLICE) REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION
1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Appointment of members of the Special Reserve Police as constables.
4. Eligibility for drivers of the Special Reserve Police as constables.
5. Probationary period for member of the Special Reserve Police

appointed as a constable.
6. Application of Police Service Regulations to apply upon recruitment.

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POLICE SERVICE (RECRUITMENT OF SPECIAL
RESERVE POLICE) REGULATIONS

made under section 78(2)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Police Service
(Recruitment of Special Reserve Police) Regulations.

2. In these Regulations—
“Special Reserve Police” means the supplemental body of

Police established under the Special Reserve Police Act;
“SRP 1,000 Project” means the project initiated by the Ministry

of National Security in 2003 for the purpose of hiring 1,000
Special Reserve Police officers.

3. (1) Notwithstanding regulation 3 of the Police Service
Regulations—
(a) a person who was recruited under the SRP

1,000 Project, and has been a member of the
Special Reserve Police in full-time service for a
continuous period of five years for the period
2003–2008; and

(b) a person who—
(i) was not recruited under the SRP 1,000

Project;
(ii) has been a member of the Special

Reserve Police; and
(iii) on 31st December 2006, was in full-time

service for a continuous period of two years,
shall be eligible for appointment as a constable by the
Commissioner.
(2) A candidate for appointment under subregulation (1)
shall—
(a) possess a satisfactory record of good conduct

and performance as a member of the Special
Reserve Police;

175/2008.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Ch. 15:03.

Appointment of
members of the
Special Reserve
Police as
constables.
Sub. Leg.

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(b) be required to pass a drug test administered by
a Government Medical Officer nominated for
that purpose; and

(c) be required to pass a medical examination,
including a psychological evaluation conducted
by a Government Medical Officer nominated
for that purpose.

(3) A candidate for appointment under subregulation (1)
shall not be required to meet the academic qualifications and the
physical and age requirements for entry into the Police Service
as prescribed under regulation 3(1) of the Police Service
Regulations.

4. (1) Notwithstanding regulation 3 of the Police Service
Regulations, a person who was recruited in June, 2000 as a driver
in the Special Reserve Police shall be eligible for appointment as
a constable by the Commissioner.
(2) A candidate for appointment under subregulation (1)
shall—
(a) possess a satisfactory record of good conduct

and performance as a member of the Special
Reserve Police;

(b) be required to pass a drug test administered by
a Government Medical Officer nominated for
that purpose; and

(c) be required to pass a medical examination,
including a psychological evaluation conducted
by a Government Medical Officer nominated
for that purpose.

(3) A candidate for appointment under subregulation (1)
shall not be required to meet the academic qualifications and the
physical and age requirements for entry into the Police Service
as prescribed under regulation 3(1) of the Police Service
Regulations.

Sub. Leg.

Eligibility for
drivers of the
Special Reserve
Police as
constables.
Sub. Leg.

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5. The probationary period of a member of the Special
Reserve Police who has been appointed as a constable shall be
one year.

6. For the avoidance of doubt, members of the Special
Reserve Police recruited as constables under these Regulations
shall be subject to the provisions of the Police Service
Regulations.

Probationary
period for
member of the
Special Reserve
Police
appointed as a
constable.

Application of
Police Service
Regulations to
apply upon
recruitment.
Sub. Leg.

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