National Security

Police polygraph testing begins next week

Polygraph testing of regular and special reserve police officers in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would commence next week, a statement by the Police Service said Monday.

The statement said the testing forms part of transformational policing for greater accountability within the Police Service.

The testing will be conducted across all divisions of the TTPS and will not be limited to officers assigned to stations along the South Western Peninsula, the statement said.

Griffith, British High Commissioner discuss collaboration

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with British High Commissioner Tim Stew, to continue discussions on collaboration between the High Commission and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). 

The meeting took place on Friday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain. 

Talks centered on how the High Commission can provide assistance through training, to assist the TTPS in strengthening areas of Community Policing, Investigative Mentoring and Forensic Investigations.

Korean police train local counterparts

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with two facilitators from the Korean National Police Agency, to discuss the recently completed Forensic Science Crime Scene Investigation training course, provided by the Korean Embassy to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). 

The meeting took place on Thursday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

Griffith, new police association execs discuss path ahead

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with the newly-elected interim executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA).

The meeting took place at his office at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain on Wednesday. 

 A statement by the Police Service says that the interim executive expressed their approval of the commissioner’s tough stance on crime and unwavering support of law-abiding officers. 

Muslim body: 40 locals from Isis need to come home

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers have start­ed vis­it­ing Mus­lim fam­i­lies who are seek­ing to bring home rel­a­tives—main­ly women and chil­dren—de­tained at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syr­ia.

This was con­firmed by Con­cerned Mus­lims of T&T mem­bers who re­cent­ly wrote For­eign Af­fairs and Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cials seek­ing help to bring the peo­ple home.

This, af­ter lo­cal fam­i­lies, asked CMTT to help to get the peo­ple home.

They’re said to be rel­a­tives of peo­ple who went Is­lam­ic State war zones over the years.

US, TT militaries to conduct joint training

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) and the US military will work together in Trinidad and Tobago on training exercises over the next three weeks, the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain said.

The Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercises will commence in Trinidad and Tobago from July 5 to August 16.

The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), through the US Embassy, is facilitating the training.

Japanese ambassador holds discussions with CoP

The Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith received a courtesy call yesterday from the Ambassador of Japan to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the TTPS, his Excellency Tatsuo Hirayama met with Commissioner Griffith at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

Their discussions centred on identifying ways to collaborate on issues of safety and security, and the continued transformation of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

16,523 migrants registered in two weeks

The fi­nal fig­ure for the num­ber of Venezue­lans who reg­is­tered in the re­cent two-week amnesty process is 16,523.

The pre­lim­i­nary fig­ure which was giv­en at the end of the ex­er­cise was over 15,000.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young gave the up­dat­ed fig­ure in Tues­day night’s Sen­ate de­bate.

New director of Counter Trafficking Unit soon

A director of the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) is expected to be appointed within the next few days, Minister of National Security Stuart Young said in the Senate on Monday. 

Responding to a question posed by Opposition Senator Wade Mark, Young said the CTU has been without a director since the end of May but "they are, that is the public servants, are in the process.

"They've complete the questioning...and the whole process and they expect to appoint a director of counter trafficking, I'm told, within the next few days," Young said. 

Lifeguards assaulted, seek meeting with minister

About 20 lifeguards from Maracas Bay and Las Cuevas gathered outside the Ministry of National Security headquarters on Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of National Security Stuart Young over grave security concerns following an assault of two lifeguards on Sunday.

Two lifeguards - a male and a female working at the Las Cuevas beach were physically assaulted by relatives of a drowning victim.

The incident occurred just after 4 pm when Royel Cruickshank, 18, of Marabella, got into difficulties and went under water.