National Security

Special coronavirus task force needed now—Heerah

The former head of the National Operations Centre is recommending that a special task force be set up to deal with the coronavirus.

Commander Garvin Heerah told Guardian Media today that this country already has a working model, based on international best practice, which can be implemented in the shortest possible time.

He points to the task force which was set up during the height of the Ebola crisis, a few years ago.

Police Commissioner and UNHCR Chief of Mission meet on Refugees Protection

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, met today with Chief of Mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Leila Jane Nassif at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Among  the  topics  discussed  were  national  security  and  humanitarian protection  as  it  relates  to  refugees, including issues such  as sex slavery and trafficking of minors, with the priority of both agencies, the TTPS and UNHCR, to collaborate and cooperate and to look after the wellbeing of refugees.

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.