The Member of Parliament for Couva North is calling for the allocation of more resources to the Police Service's Child Protection Unit (CPU).
According to Ramona Ramdial, the Unit is not fully equipped with the necessary tools nor human resources, to deal with crimes against children. She also recommends that the Children’s Authority be given the authority and manpower to deal with complaints brought to them.
The International Women's Resources Network (IWRN) is calling for agencies, families and parents to be more proactive, when it comes to protecting children in this country.
The demand comes in the wake of the death of 8-year old Makeisha Maynard who was beaten to death by her father on Sunday.
The IWRN has expressed disappointment at all the individuals—including family members and agencies—who it says failed the little girl.
Two men were charged by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) for three counts of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of sexual touching of a child following intelligence-led exercises, yesterday.
The exercises were spearheaded by W/Supt. (Ag.) George and ASP Nowbutt, and supervised by Insps. (Ag.) Andrews and Francis along with Sgt. James and WPC Johnson.
Two intelligence-led operations by the Child Protection Unit (CPU) in the Northern and Tobago Divisions have led to the arrests of three persons for sexual offences against minors.
One couple is expected to appear before an Arima magistrate today, while a man is expected to face a Scarborough magistrate today.
The two exercises were conducted by CPU officers on Friday 31 January, 2020.
Parents are being urged to take special care of their offspring for the Carnival Season and beyond, in light of a substantial increase in crimes committed against children in this country.
The appeal was made by Sergeant Valerie Hospedales of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the T&T Police Service (TTPS), during the TTPS' weekly media briefing.
Sergeant Hospedales reported that the CPU has made 29 arrests and laid 44 charges for 2020, so far. She also notes that there has been a 45 per cent increase in crimes against children over the last two years alone.
The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is strongly urging citizens with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU, to ensure that an investigation into such cases are launched immediately.
The renewed appeal comes as seven men and one woman were nabbed in an intelligence-led exercise over the weekend, by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Tobago Task Force.
The newly constituted Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) in the T&T Police Service (TTPS) reports that already, it has begun to get calls from persons needing their assistance and are working on cases.
And head of the Unit, ASP Claire Guy-Alleyne, promises that persons coming to them for assistance, will meet officers who are sensitive to their trauma.
A 29-year-old man was denied bail when he appeared before a Port of Spain magistrate, last Thursday October 24th, charged with committing offences against a child.
Reports are that on Thursday October 6th, while at a Chinese restaurant and bar located in Port of Spain, the victim—a female child—was sexually assaulted when she went to use the washroom at the establishment.
At least 17 of the men who were detained by police after they raided the Secret Sunday party at Lady Chancellor Heights in Port-of-Spain on Sunday were released by police late Monday night.
The three other men including a Valsayn businessman and his son and another man remain in police custody. A senior investigator told Guardian Media that the businessman is expected to be charged sometime today or by tomorrow with the possession of a firearm and ammunition.
A revolver was found on the scene of the raid together with narcotics and a large sum of cash.
A 14-year-old girl, who is believed to be a victim of human trafficking, was among 22 females detained at a ‘Secret Sunday’ pool party busted by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after midnight on Sunday.
They were found in a house at Chancellor Heights, Upper Lady Chancellor Road, St Ann’s in Port-of-Spain.