National Security

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.

Maracas Bay lifeguards serve warning to beachgoers

Lifeguards at Maracas Bay are advising members of the public to stay away, saying they will be going at their own risk.

The warning came on the heels of weekend's walkout of on-duty lifeguards as recent serious health and safety concerns in the past three weeks have failed to be addressed by the Ministry of National Security.

The lifeguards are now demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as they claim that there are only "empty promises" meted out by the National Security Minister Stuart Young.

Don't use hazard lights during heavy rainfall - police

Drivers are being advised not to use their hazard lights during heavy rainfall, unless it's for emergency purposes, including accidents and breakdowns.

This advise comes from Sgt Steve McKenzie who was a guest on CNC3's The Morning Brew to discuss road safety during the rainy/wet season.

McKenzie said that drivers tend to put on their hazard lights when in fact low beam lights should be the correct thing to do.

App coming to help citizens report criminals anonymously - Griffith

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is drafting a plan to restructure the police service and expects to have the first plan before the end of the year.

A part of the new system includes an app to help citizens report criminals anonymously and improved ballistics investigations. 

He said that while in New York ballistics testing takes several days, in T&T is takes up to six years.

Griffith attended a police media briefing Thursday at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain and took questions from the media on the current state of affairs. 

Water shortage shuts down Immigration Office in Grande

The Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment in San­gre Grande was forced to re­main closed yes­ter­day be­cause of a wa­ter short­age.

Many peo­ple trav­el­ling to the de­part­ment in San­gre Grande to ei­ther ap­ply, re­new of col­lect their new pass­ports said they were dis­ap­point­ed as the of­fice was closed yes­ter­day

When Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice at Damarie Hill, Guaico, there was no one at the of­fice ex­cept a se­cu­ri­ty guard.

Jamaican deportee willing to surrender

The Ja­maican man who was de­nied en­try at the Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port on Fri­day says he did not es­cape cus­tody and claimed he paid US$500 to an Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer to se­cure his free­dom.

Police mourn death of officer who died at home

A police officer known as the singing policeman has died.

PC Dexter Theophille was found unresponsive at his Enterprise home around 8:30 Tuesday evening by his wife.

Police say personnel from the Emergency Health Services responded but the 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Theophille, who gained popularity for his singing talents and performances at police events, had 21 years' service and was last assigned to the Central Division.