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Seales: Own up to ‘illegal’ voice note
The person who recorded a voice note about an incident involved a former government minister’s wife should come clean and make a plea for leniency.
This was the advice from by President of the T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA), Michael Seales yesterday.
Seales was making reference to a voice note shared via Whats App was from someone who vented about an incident involving the wife of former national security minister Howard Chin Lee following a routine traffic stop.
The voice note recounted an incident where someone was conducting a road traffic exercise along the Western Main Road in Westmoorings, she stopped a white BMW, whom she later found out was Chin Lee’s wife. It is alleged that Chin Lee’s wife was driving with an expired driver’s permit and expired insurance at the time.
However, Seales said if this was, in fact, a police officer who recorded the voice note, and if in fact, she is “holding herself at a high standard” then she ought to represent that high standard by doing what is right.
“I would encourage that officer to confess to what has happened and give an account to the disciplinary officer in her respective Division, Branch or Section and at the same time make a plea for leniency,” Seales said.
“You can spare the police service of an investigation and then make a public apology…I think this would be a fairer process,” he said.
Seales reminded officers that before they were sworn in as police officers they took an oath of office, which he reiterated, is also an oath of secrecy that prevents an officer from the unauthorised dissemination of anything that comes to their knowledge by way of conduct of their duties.
Seales also made it clear that such officers cannot only face disciplinary actions if they are found to have breached confidentiality but also that they can face a criminal charge.
“If you cannot write it, don’t say it and if you cannot say it, then don’t do it…everything in our existence must be chronicled on or off-duty, we as police officers must always be kept in the highest standards so that when we are called upon to account, we can give an account on the basis of professionalism,” Seales said.
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