National Security

Government credibility at stake over crime crisis

One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.

Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.

He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.

FIXIN T&T wants ballistic testing delay fixed

De­scrib­ing the long de­lay for bal­lis­tic test­ing at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre as a mis­car­riage of jus­tice, FIX­IN’ T&T is call­ing for this mat­ter to be dealt with ur­gent­ly. In a me­dia re­lease, FIX­IN’ T&T led by Kirk Wait­he ad­dressed this is­sue as he made spe­cif­ic ref­er­ence to the re­cent po­lice shoot­ings.

Drones not allowed in city on Independence Day

The Ministry of National Security is advising once again that drones will not be allowed in Port-of-Spain on Saturday as the country celebrates the 57th Anniversary of Independence.

The Independence Day Military Parade will be staged at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday from 7:30 am.

In this regard, the ministry says that Port-of-Spain is a designated No-Fly Zone with respect to the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commonly referred to as Drones.

Police get 200 motorcycles from China

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.

Wilson officially appointed Prison Commissioner

National Security Minister Stuart Young has presented Gerard Wilson with his Instrument of Appointment as Commissioner of Prisons.

The presentation took place at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Head Office on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.

Wilson has been promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Prisons by the Public Service Commission with effect from November 24, 2017.

He has over 35 years of distinguished service in the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.

Govt signs contract with Austal for patrol vessels worth US$85M

Australian shipbuilders, Austal has announced it has officially signed a US$85 million contract with Trinidad and Tobago to construct two Cape Class patrol boats (CCPB).

The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020.

The decision to procure the vessels from Austal was announced after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley led a delegation to Australia in May 2018.

US donates currency detection machines, riot gear kits to Prison Service

The US Embassy has handed over a donation of counterfeit currency detection machines, riot gear kits, and computer hardware to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service to aid its efforts to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment.

A statement by the Embassy says it is pleased to play a role in enhancing the ability of the Prison Service not only to respond to emergencies but also to track the criminal networks that attempt to continue their activities from behind prison walls.

Griffith: Police were just doing their jobs in Las Cuevas

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has responded to the concerns of Las Cuevas residents, saying the community has been flooded with criminal activity for years and that he was surprised by their reaction because the police were doing their job.

Griffith said today's exercise was necessary to cleanse the area and added that if anyone was inconvenienced, it was unfortunate.

He said this and similar exercises in the future should be expected.

Griffith has asked citizens to expose criminals in their community rather than be upset when the police do what is required.

Las Cuevas residents traumatised by police raid

Residents of Las Cuevas say they have no problem with the police doing their job but say they are disappointed with the manner it was done.

The residents claim the officers kicked-in doors and did not identify themselves, causing law-abiding residents to think they were in danger.  

A collaborative exercise involving personnel from the Police, Defence Force and Coast Guard occurred in the area just after 2 am Thursday. 

Residents say the exercise lasted several hours and several men were taken by police.