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Cops may be linked to gangs

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PORT-OF-SPAIN – Police officers assigned to an elite unit known as the Repeat Offenders Programme Task Force (ROPTF) are alleged to be in collusion with – and, in some cases, controlled by – gangs in East Port-of-Spain.
And acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said he was aware of such allegations regarding one officer attached to the unit, but did not know of other allegations linking ROPTF officers to gang members.
A Sunday Express investigation conducted over the past two months into the unit’s operations, follows upon allegations of gross misconduct against ROPTF officers by Laventille residents following the “kidnapping” of Keon “Guts” Glasgow in April this year. Glasgow, a Laventille resident, was taken by ROPTF officers.
To date, there has been no word on the whereabouts of the victim, and an investigation launched by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad into the incident is yet to be completed.(Trinidad Express)