National Security

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. 

WIFI devices, 35 phones among seized prison contraband

Close to three dozen cellphones along with narcotics and paraphernalia were seized during a search of the Top Security area at the Remand Prison in Golden Grove Thursday morning.

During the raid, officers found 350 loose cigarettes, 20 cigarette lighters, 35 cell phones, 40 sim cards, 5 cell phone batteries, 39 headsets, 400 loose wrapping paper, 4  WIFI devices, razor blades, scales, improvised weapons and over 2 pounds of a plant-like substance. 

The massive haul is being described as the largest find of 2019.

Cop accidentally shoots himself with high-powered gun

A police constable was shot and wounded by his own firearm – an MP5 sub-machine gun during a patrol in San Juan on Tuesday night.

According to a police report, at about 8.15 the officer assigned to the North Eastern Division Task Force was on a routine police patrol along Don Miguel Road, San Juan in a marked police vehicle when the sling of his MP5 sub-machine gun got caught in the hand-brake lever.

In an attempt to free the sling, the officer’s finger accidentally squeezed the trigger of the gun, causing the weapon to fire one round of 9mm ammunition.

Committee set-up to absorb SRPs into Police Service

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has established a committee to treat with the terms and conditions of the Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

This followed a meeting between Griffith and members of the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) at the Office of the Commissioner of Police Thursday morning.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the absorption of SRP officers into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as regular officers.