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Concerns are rising re: Charges against minors

Concerns have been expressed about the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force laying what has been referred to as ‘adult charges’ against minors.

The most recent being a 15 year old girl charged with burglary.

In response to this concern the Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquar has informed that the proper procedure was followed where a parent/guardian is present along with a representative from the Social Welfare Department during the interview and the charging process.

Commissioner Farquar also added that when taken before the Court, the juvenile will be considered as a juvenile and if found guilty, the punishment could be under the Juveniles Ordinance or under the Probation of Offenders Ordinance.

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