National Security

Seales: Police Service failed Cpl Hamilton

The T&T Police Service failed Corporal Ian Hamilton who committed suicide over the weekend, president of the Police Social Welfare Association Michael Seales said yesterday.

In an interview, Seales revealed that police officers are being denied proper assistance as they have no access to peer counsellors, limited assistance from the Social Worker network and an Employee Assistance Programme which is non-functional.

He said the social worker network was supposed to be placed at strategic points within the TTPS's Divisions so that police officers can get assistance.

Griffith: Police not authorised to check teacher absenteeism

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing car­ried out to as­cer­tain if po­lice of­fi­cers act­ed out­side their pre­scribed scope of du­ties af­ter it was al­leged cer­tain peo­ple en­tered schools on Sep­tem­ber 7 to gath­er in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing teach­ers who were ab­sent.

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith has promised that any­one found to be cul­pa­ble will be held to ac­count.

86 arrested in Operation Strike Back

A total of 86 persons was arrested over the past 24 hours, following ‘Operation Strike Back’ exercises in Central and Port of Spain Divisions.

The intelligence-driven operation, took place in the Central Division and involved officers from the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Special Branch, and the Chaguanas Police Station.

This exercise was coordinated by DCP (Ag.) Deodat Dulalchan and ACP (Ag.) Beverly Lewis, and was supervised by Snr. Supt Inraj Balram, ASP (Ag.) Richard Smith, ASP (Ag.) Michael Pierre, ASP (Ag.) Wayne Mystar and Insp. Marlon Alexander.

Sankat wanted to use aircraft to 'harm himself', court told

The 22-year-old Trinidad and Tobago national who has been charged with attempting to steal an American Airlines aircraft at the Melbourne Airport in Florida, wanted to use the aircraft to "harm himself".

This was revealed at court proceedings held at the Brevard County Jail just after 2pm Friday.

Nishal Sankat was charged with burglary, trespassing and grand theft.

The judge initially told the court that she could not find probable cause on the grand theft charge because there was no evidence that he intended to steal the plane.

Cop shot by colleague has surgery to save fingers

A po­lice of­fi­cer at­tached to North­ern Di­vi­sion, who shot an­oth­er of­fi­cer at­tached to East­ern Di­vi­sion in an ex­change of gun­fire ear­li­er to­day, has since sur­ren­dere­d to his se­niors at the Ari­ma Po­lice Sta­tion.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble St Clair, who is at­tached to San­gre Grande Task Force, was shot on his right arm and is ward­ed at the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter hav­ing emer­gency surgery to save three of his fin­gers.

US sanctions 2 Trinis for funding ISIS

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated and sanctioned two T&T nationals  - an Emraan Ali and one Eddie Aleong - as financiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror network.

In a release, the US Department of the Treasury revealed, "As of January 2017, a Trinidadian ISIS supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong, to transfer funds to Emraan Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters in Syria."

UNC councillor defiant after gun attack on home

Coun­cil­lor for Cunu­pia Van­dana Mo­hit says she will not be in­tim­i­dat­ed in the wake of a gun at­tack on her home on Mon­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, around 9 pm Mo­hit was in the com­pa­ny of a 54-year-old fe­male rel­a­tive when gun­men sprayed her Jern­ing­ham Junc­tion, Cunu­pia home with bul­lets.

Re­call­ing the in­ci­dent this morn­ing, Mo­hit said she heard ex­plo­sions and glass shat­ter­ing. She said she and her rel­a­tive moved to the wash­room area of the house to seek cov­er.

Cops kill man in Beetham

Police are bracing for possible backlash after officers shot and killed a man from Beetham Gardens early this morning after a brief confrontation.

Kerwin 'Natty' James, 39, of 8th Street, Beetham Gardens, died at the Port of Spain General Hospital after he was shot by patrolling officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force around 4 am.

The officers said they were on patrol when they allegedly saw a man walking with a gun.

They said upon confronting the man, he opened fire on them. The officers returned fire and James was hit.

PCA probes Diego police killing

Head of the Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­i­ty David West has launched an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the killing of Ka­reem Chad Her­nan­dez, 21, of Bagatelle, Diego Mar­tin.

It is al­leged that Her­nan­dez was shot sev­er­al times by a plain­clothes po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a con­fronta­tion on Sun­day near his home at Spring Dri­ve Ex­ten­sion.

Eye­wit­ness­es are al­so be­ing called up­on to di­vulge any in­for­ma­tion that would as­sist in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers in iden­ti­fy­ing the of­fi­cer in ques­tion.