National Security

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. 

'Shorto' in court for Sandman's murder

Durrel Raymond, also known as 'Shorto', appeared at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court this afternoon charged with the murder of Vaughan 'Sandman' Mieres and three others on July 25th.

Raymond who was shot in the left leg during the incident came into the court on crutches and was accompanied by several heavily armed police officers.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Sarah De Silva in the 11th court.

He was also charged with the of Alita Dehere, Nigel Octim and Kadir Joseph.

Two senior cops on sexual misconduct charges

Two senior police officers are to appear in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged for sexual misconduct. 

The officers, who are both 58-years-old and have a combined 77 years of service in the Police Service, were charged on Thursday, following advice from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC. 

Acting Senior Superintendent Samuel Seepersad, who is attached to the Central Division and has 39 years of service, was arrested at the Central Division Headquarters on Wednesday. 

He was charged with harassment. 

Customs clerk fined $35,000 for drug trafficking

A Customs Clerk who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking has been fined $35,000 or a nine-year imprisonment in default.
The 36-year-old mother of two from Morvant appeared before Arima First Court Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Monday and was represented by attorney Kerry Pantin.
Enam Safya Mkubwa was arrested on July 19 at about 5.40 am by Woman Estate Constable Balthazar of the Airports Authority security while at the checkpoint upstairs the airport by the last scanner. She was to board a flight to Barbados.

Senior police officers questioned

Two senior police officers have been detained by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) earlier this morning.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed that a senior officer from the Central Division was being questioned and another senior from the Southern Division was also detained for questioning.

One of the senior officers Guardian Media was informed was being questioned at the Chaguanas police station by senior officers of the PSB.

Gang war breaks out inside POS prison

On the fourth an­niver­sary of the Port of Spain prison jail­break, a fra­cas has bro­ken out at the jail in­volv­ing the Ras­ta City and Mus­lim gangs ac­cord­ing to well-placed prison sources.

Sources say that the clash be­tween the ri­val gangs broke out some­time this morn­ing and sev­er­al in­mates were in­jured.

Griffith assures safety for Pride TT parade

The Pride TT Committee (Pride TT) has met with the Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to discuss the safety and security needs for the upcoming annual Pride TT Fair, Mini-Concert, Fun Day and Parade, carded for Sunday 28th July, 2019 at Nelson Mandela Park.

Pride TT said in a statement that it is convinced that the Police Service is "committed to protecting all".

Griffith continues constituency meetings

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh and a cross section of constituents, to hear and discuss their safety and security concerns. 

The meeting took place on Wednesday in Couva. 

A statement by the Police Service says that the issues raised by members included home invasion, robberies and response times, from officers in dealing with distress calls. 

Ministry promises investigation into contracts for gangsters

 Hours after Guardian Media highlighted seven reputed gang leaders in North Trinidad have been benefitting from state contracts worth close to $6 million, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein has promised to launch a full-scale investigation into the matter with a report to be submitted on his desk next month.