The woman depicted in three pictures on social media holding a baby in one hand and a gun in another, is a police officer.
Police have confirmed the identity of the woman through a release sent to the media after the pictures began circulating on social media, and raising the ire of several bloggers. The release said the circulation of the photos, and the circumstances surrounding the taking of the pictures, is being investigated by the Professional Standards Bureau.
ACP in charge of crime Irwin Hackshaw told Newsday yeterday that police recieved the photos and utilised the assistance of the Cyber Crime Unit to investigate the source of the photos and the identity of the people in it.
The photos depict a young woman, with curlers in her hair, wearing a salmon-coloured T-shirt. She is holding the baby in her right hand, and in her left, a pistol. The child does not seem to be more than two years old.
In one of the photos the woman looks at the camera with a smile on her face while the toddler tries to handle the gun. In the other two, the woman is still smiling, but this time the baby has the gun in its mouth. In one, the child is sucking on the hammer, while in the other the child has the muzzle in its mouth.
Newsday attempted to reach president of the Police Social and Welfare Association (PSWA), Michael Seales, and Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, but neither answered their phones.