National Security

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.

Richards: More prison breaks possible if judicial system isn't fixed

The expectation of more prison breaks in T&T in the future is like a ticking time bomb if the Judicial System is not reviewed and fixed soon.

This was the grave concern of the president of the Prison Officers Association (POA) Ceron Richards, during an interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew Tuesday morning.

On the heels of May 15 prison break at the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison in Arouca where eight prisoners escaped, Richards said before the many questions, there needs to be an examination of the scenario.

Bikers want better lighting after death of colleague

Motorcycle riders are calling on Government to install proper lighting and safety features at a round-about just south of the Mosquito Creek cremation site following the death of Robert Seales on Sunday.

Scores of motorcycle operators gathered at the roundabout and lit candles for the deceased on Monday night. 

Steve Ahlsen, the head of the Hood Riders Motorcycle Club, told Guardian Media that the roundabout was poorly constructed and is not visible until the last minute.

$14.6 million in weed destroyed in Biche

Police have destroyed marijuana trees and dried marijuana worth an estimated $14.6 million.

Officers of the Eastern Division conducted an eradication exercise in Biche on Friday when the drugs were found.

The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Andy Belfon and included officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Air Support Unit.

During the exercise, officers discovered four marijuana fields on approximately nine lots of land, which contained a total of 14,300 fully grown marijuana trees.

Young to Venezuelans: 'Don't allow anyone to talk you out of registering'

National Security Minister Stuart Young is sending a message to Venezuelan nationals in Trinidad and Tobago, "do not to listen" to those telling them to stay away from the registration process.

At a news conference in Port-of-Spain on Friday, Minister Young said that it is in their own interest, because when the registration process is done, the state will revert to enforcing the law of deporting persons who are here illegally.

He has made a fresh call for all Venezuelans, whether here legally or not, to come forward and register during the time-period May 31 to June 14.