PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, March 26, 2020 (CMC) – Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, today, ordered the closure of the Arouca Police Station, along the east-west corridor of the twin-island country, after a police officer, with a recent travel history, developed flu-like symptoms, earlier this week.
Griffith said that the officer left the country on March 4,, without the necessary approval and knowledge, and went to St. Maarten.
He returned, three days later, and instead of going into self-quarantine, returned to work, the following day.
In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said he developed the flu-like symptoms “and, as a precautionary measure, all officers of the Arouca Police Station were ordered to go on self-quarantine”.
Griffith, who is himself in self-quarantine, following a visit to the United Kingdom, said the Arouca Police Station has been temporarily closed as a result, and sanitization of the premises will begin, today, and that arrangements have been made for other nearby police stations to provide security for residents in the area.
He has also promised increased patrols in the Arouca District, and that when the station is re-opened, it “will be manned by police officers from other stations”.