National Security

US, T&T to engage in crisis response training next month

The Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and of the United States will be collaborating to host a bilateral crisis response training exercise entitled Fused Response 2018, the Ministry of National Security has said.

Scheduled to take place from 16-26 April 2018, Exercise Fused Response is a simulation exercise designed to build capacity and strengthen capabilities in Trinidad and Tobago, using a Whole of Government approach to crisis management.

Venezuelan national killed in shootout with police

A Venezuelan national has been killed in a shootout with police.

Reports indicate that the man, who is yet to be identified, was at a house in Diego Martin when police officers, conducting an exercise in the area entered the premises.

Reports suggest that the man began shooting at police who subsequently returned fire.

He was killed during the shootout.

A woman who was with the man was also hit during the fracas.

She was taken to hospital and is warded in a serious condition.


Colonel Wyke takes over command of Regiment

On Thursday 15th March 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment welcomed its 19th substantive Commanding Officer, Colonel Darnley E Wyke to the helm.

Colonel Wyke assumes Command of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, preceded by Brigadier Archillus Phillips, former substantive Commanding Officer of the Regiment, who has since been elevated to Vice Chief of Defence Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.

The assumption of Command Ceremony took place at 10:30 a.m. at the Regiment Headquarters in Aranguez.

Prison Officer charged after contraband items, marijuana found in locker

A Prison Officer I, with 15 years’ service with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, charged with misbehavior in public office, after several contraband items were discovered in his locker at the Port-of-Spain Prison on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018.

Nigel Marshall, 44, of La Horquetta, Arima, was also charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, by Sgt. Vaughn Narcis of the Port of Spain CID, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul.

Suruj Rambachan: Government incompetent in failing to provide funds to pay pilots

Former works minister Dr Suruj Rambachan is lashing out at the government for failing to make funds available to pay pilots.

In a statement issued, Dr Rambachan says the refusal of pilots attached to the strategic services agency to report for duty citing the non-payment of salaries is a cause for concern.

The Tabaquite mp says the government must be held accountable.

State ordered to pay terror plot detainee’s costs

The police’s detention of 15 people in connection with an alleged terror plot to disrupt the recently concluded Carnival celebrations has already begun to cost the State.

High Court Judge Frank Seepersad yesterday ordered the State to pay $6,100 in legal costs incurred by Alisha Thomas in filing a habeas corpus writ challenging her lengthy detention as part of the ongoing investigation.

Thomas and her husband Adil Mansano were among the initial group detained for questioning in relation to the alleged plot and were eventually released after almost a week in custody.