Suspected car thief detained by police

A 32-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of stealing a vehicle in the North Eastern Division.

On February 16th, an anti-crime exercise was conducted by Cpl Daniel, along with PCs Lezama, Foy, Orosco, of the NEDTF.

According to police reports, the officers were on mobile patrol in the Morvant district, when they were asked to be on the lookout for stolen vehicles in the area.

The officers observed one of the stolen vehicles, a white Nisan Tiida being driven by a 32-year-old man of 2nd Caledonia, Morvant.

Man succumbs to gunshot wounds

A man who was shot over 12 times while at Samaroo Village in Arima on Sunday night, later died at the Arima District Hospital while undergoing treatment.

According to a police report, at about 7.39 pm on Sunday, Joel Franco  was standing on Church Street, Samaroo Village when a lone gunman approached the him and shot him several times about the body.

Franco was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he succumbed to his injuries at about 9.45 pm.

Taxi driver shot, passenger beaten

A taxi driver was shot in the head and his passenger badly beaten after he refused to take two men, who boarded his taxi in Arima, to a specific location on Sunday night.

According to a police report, at about 8.20 pm, a 49-year-old man boarded a Gold coloured Nissan Almera motorcar on Queen Street, Arima, in the vicinity of the Royal Castle food outlet. There were two other men seated already in the back seat of the vehicle, which was driven by a 38-year-old man of Cumuto.

TTPS makes cocaine bust on CARICOM Wharf

A man has been arrested and a quantity of cocaine and cash seized during an exercise conducted at the CARICOM Jetty, Queens Wharf, Port of Spain, on Thursday afternoon.

According to reports, officers of the Specialized Intelligence Unit and Port Police Department were conducting checks when they observed the driver of a vehicle acting suspiciously.

A search was conducted and a quantity of cocaine wrapped in a black bag was discovered, along with TT$7,500 in cash.

The items were seized and the driver of the vehicle arrested.

Investigations are ongoing.

Police involved shooting in San Raphael

A bandit was shot dead by police officers during an alleged police-involved shooting at Brazil Village, San Raphael on Thursday night.

Police have launched a manhunt for the bandit’s three accomplices, who are believed to have been shot and wounded during last night’s incident.

It is alleged that four men, in a white Honda Civic, went to rob the Cross Quality Supermarket at about 8 pm on Thursday.

Police said when the officers responded to the report of the robbery and arrived on the scene, the men got into the vehicle and sped off.

Police Officer and Venezuelan in court for people trafficking

A  Police  Officer  and  a  Venezuelan  national  will  appear  in  the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court today, to face charges  in  connection with  trafficking  in  persons  and  other  gang-related  activities.

The men were arrested during  an  anti-crime  exercise  conducted  in  the Central Division on Monday 10th February.

The exercise was conducted by members of the Special Operations Response  Team  (SORT),  the  Counter  Trafficking  Unit,  and  a specialized  team  established  by  Commissioner  of  Police,  Gary Griffith.

Community leader's son on bail for insulting cops

The son of a com­mu­ni­ty leader in the Sea Lots dis­trict was grant­ed bail by a Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate to­day, af­ter plead­ing not guilty to charges of use of in­sult­ing lan­guage and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to the TTPS, Sgt Alexan­der and PCs Re­my and Raghoo­nanan were on mo­bile pa­trol around 6:45 am, on Wednes­day 12th  in the Sea Lots dis­trict, when a male sus­pect iden­ti­fied as Ronal­do Burke, 20, al­leged­ly used in­sult­ing lan­guage against them.

TTPS ready for anything this Carnival—Young and Griffith

“The safest place in T&T is inside a Carnival fete…”

So says Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, as he weighed in on the current crime situation and the TTPS' readiness for Carnival celebrations.

And the top cop says his men and women officers are equipped and ready to deal with anything and make sure that their presence is felt.

During a drill with various arms of the TTPS at the Police Training Academy on Thursday, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police aren't being trained to use brute force, but rather, to destabilise potential deadly situations.