Citizens are being told that they can expect a faster response time and greater visibility from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) with the deployment of 200 new motorcycles from the People’s Republic of China.
China is one of several nations including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that is partnering with Trinidad and Tobago to provide training, technology, capacity building and other types of support, the Office of the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley delivered the feature address at today’s handing over ceremony at the TTPS Academy in St James.
He said crime fighting and the response to the criminal element is a multifaceted assignment and that there is no one office that has the solution.
“There are a series of things that need to be done all at once and on a sustained basis if safety and security are to be at the level that the population requires and to bring about the comfort that the population needs,” Dr Rowley said.
“We see these bikes not as decoration, not as traffic guiders for high officials, we see these bikes in the police service as the ability of the officers to move quickly through communities on an ongoing basis bringing about a response time which will be significantly improved.”
Fifteen officers received training in China on the motorcycles which are equipped with GPS and video technology.
Dr Rowley thanked China for the donation and implored the TTPS properly maintain the equipment.
The motorcycles were handed over to the TTPS giving effect to the provision of Gratis Aid to Trinidad and Tobago by the People’s Republic of China. Under the protocol, the People’s Republic of China will provide a range of goods and services to T&T, for use by T&T as they execute their mandate to Aid Civil Power and law enforcement.
Dr Rowley was joined by Minister of National Security Stuart Young, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Song Yumin and Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.