PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday May 8, 2018 – A senior lawman in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has been suspended as investigations continue into how a seductively dressed woman came to be photographed wearing part of the uniform of an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
The selfie images, which were circulating on social media, showed a woman wearing some type of lingerie and a police shirt bearing the name and number of Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Michael Sooker.
In a statement announcing the “immediate investigation” by the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) last week, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said the photographs appeared to have been taken at a police station.
He said the PSB had been given clear directions that the matter is to be treated with a level of urgency so that the appropriate action can be taken.
And last night, it was confirmed that ASP Sooker had been suspended.
The TTPS said that Williams had “issued a suspension notice to be served on Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police, Michael Sooker, of the North Eastern Division, relative to an allegation of discreditable conduct linked to photographs that surfaced on social media last week”.
Under the Police Service Act, anyone other than a police officer who wears a police uniform or any part of it, without written permission from the Commissioner of Police, is liable on summary conviction to a fine and imprisonment.