Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says a decision has been taken to use money that would have gone towards Divali and Christmas celebrations for the Police Service this year to help those officers who were affected by recent flooding.
He gave the update while addressing the weekly police service media briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain, on Wednesday.
Commissioner Griffith said he is expecting some resistance from the decision but he believes that the funds should be directed toward officers adversely impacted by the disaster.
Commissioner Griffith, at the news conference, also announced that on Friday, the TTPS will launch the Emergency Response Patrol which will see 85 vehicles placed strategically across the country.
He says these officers will be equipped with non-lethal weapons.
In response to criticisms he received for the initiative on social media, Mr Griffith said that this initiative is being used worldwide.
He explained that when persons break the law and resist arrest police officers have to find some way of restraining them.
He stated that without the pepper spray and the Taser, at times the police officer may have no choice but to resort to lethal force.