“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.
An anti-crime exercise yesterday in Central Division has resulted in the seizure of several firearms and ammunition.
According to police reports, around 3.30 pm on Sunday, a party of officers attached to the Central Division proceeded to Union Village in Felicity near a public cemetery, where in a bushy area, they found a silver and black coloured metal object resembling a firearm.
A St. Joseph couple has been arrested for possession of arms, ammunition and narcotics.
The arrest occurred during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Northern Division last night, conducted by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force.
The exercise, spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Phillip, was conducted the between 6:15pm and 8:45pm, on Monday 6 January 2020.
According to official police reports, officers involved in the exercise proceeded to a house at Agostini Street, St. Joseph, where they executed a search warrant.
One man has been arrested and two firearms and quantities of marijuana and ammunition seized by officers of the Port of Spain Division, over the weekend.
The arrests and seizures took place during an Operation Strike Back Two exercise, conducted in the Belmont and Cascade Districts on Saturday 21 December.
The exercise also included officers of the Port of Spain Division Task Force, Interagency Task Force, Belmont Operations Unit, Besson Street Operations Unit, Transit Police, Canine Unit and the Air Support Unit.
A 20-year-old suspect remains in police custody following several anti-crime exercises conducted in the Besson Street policing district yesterday, during which two firearms, along with over 50 rounds of ammunition, were seized.
An anti-crime exercise in the St James district last evening resulted in the seizure of two illegal firearms and 579 rounds of assorted ammunition.
The exercise was conducted by members of the Western Division Task Force.
According to official police reports, officers executed a search warrant at the unoccupied home of a deceased, suspected gang leader, at David Street, Bourne’s Road, St James.
At the premises, police found and seized:
UNC Senator Saddam Hosein is questioning the constitutionality of Government’s Firearm (Amendment) Bill and noted the proposed law would be tested in the courts.
He said the bill which proposes major increases in penalties — including life in jail for a third offence of possession of an illegal firearm — would verge on the separation of powers between court and executive. He added the bill would not reduce the number of guns on the street and would fail as a scare tactic unless systems were fixed.
Police have destroyed 700 marijuana trees and seized three firearms in raids and searches conducted in Arouca and Cunupia.
Police have issued the following the statement on the matter.