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  • I wish to correct misinterpretations reported in the press today arising from my statement to the Parliament yesterday that judges and magistrates will no longer have Close Protection Officers (CPOs) assigned to them.
  • The Ministry of National Security recognizes that most, if not all our judges and magistrates must qualify for CPOs on the basis of the inherent risk profile of their jobs.
  • The intent of the statement was to reaffirm a long standing policy of the JCF that only a few persons would be afforded CPOs purely by virtue of the office they hold.

Statement from Minister of National Security Peter Bunting clarifying Close Protection Officer (CPO) assignments to Members of the Judiciary 

I wish to correct misinterpretations reported in the press today arising from my statement to the Parliament yesterday that judges and magistrates will no longer have Close Protection Officers (CPOs) assigned to them.

The Ministry of National Security recognizes that most, if not all our judges and magistrates must qualify for CPOs on the basis of the inherent risk profile of their jobs.

The intent of the statement was to reaffirm a long standing policy of the JCF that only a few persons would be afforded CPOs purely by virtue of the office they hold. Others would be based on the nature and degree of the threat/risk assessments.

The Ministry of National Security remains committed to employing the efficient use of resources in all its Police Divisions to keep the nation safe.

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