National Security

TTPS working with NYPD to strengthen homicide and anti-gang units

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is working with the New York Police Department (NYPD) on strengthening the performance the police's homicide and anti-gang units.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with representatives of the NYPD in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the New York Police Department (NYPD).

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

Coast Guard ready to join search for missing Venezuelans

The T&T Coast Guard (TTCG) is on standby should they be called for help by the Venezuelan Coast Guard as the search continues for 19 refugees, who have been feared drowned after the pirogue they were in sunk last Thursday.

The lone survivor of the incident, Alberto Abreu, 25, of Margarita, who was rescued by a US businessman Robert Richards, Virgin Islands, is currently in Grenada.

Gary wants proof of $18m TTPS debt to VMCOTT

The T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) owes cash-strapped Ve­hi­cle Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of T&T (VM­COTT) $18 mil­lion for main­te­nance and re­pairs of hun­dreds of po­lice ve­hi­cles over the last 15 years. How­ev­er, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith said not one red cent will be paid un­til VM­COTT pro­vides him with in­voic­es for the work done.

New leader of Venezuela's 'Evander' gang held in T&T

A man known as "El Culon" who only recently assumed leadership of the Evander gang was one of eight Venezuelans arrested over the weekend in a police exercise in Point Fortin together with a Trinidadian man who together/who are both considered masterminds of kidnappings, drug trafficking, gun running and human trafficking.

$50,000 reward for information leading to recapture of escapees

Crimestoppers is now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recapture of the two prison escapees still at large.

The offer was posted on the Facebook page of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Friday evening.

According to the 'WANTED' poster, Crimestoppers is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two men - Michael Findley of Laventille and Olatungi Denbow of Port-of-Spain - should contact 800-TIPS (8477).

Prisons Commissioner confirms only 6 escapees recaptured so far

Despite rumors that a seventh prisoner has been recaptured, Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson has confirmed to Guardian Media that only six escapees are in custody.

The Commissioner explained that the six men who were recaptured in Las Lomas, hours after escaping Remand Prison, are currently assisting police with investigations into the escape.

He remains hopeful that the information provided will lead police to Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findley.

The men were part of a group of eight who escaped from Remand Prison during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Photo Gallery: Search for escaped prisoners

Members of the Prisons Service, Police Service and the Defense Force have been continuing searches in the Las Lomas and Centeno areas for two escaped prisoners who were still at large Thursday afternoon.

Michael Findley and Olatungi Bendow were the last of the eight still on the run Thursday afternoon.

Guardian Media's Abraham Diaz has been covering the search and filed these photos.

Bullet hole discovered at PM's constituency office

A report has been made to the Four Roads Police Station of a bullet hole in the constituency office of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

The office is located at Covigne Road, Diego Martin.

The bullet hole was discovered by a worker who arrived at work Wednesday morning.

The hole was through a glass pane. A spent projectile was also found on the scene and is now in the possession of police.

Police do not believe that the incident had anything to do with the prime minister.

Prison escapee claims he was framed in murder case

One of the eight pris­on­ers who was in­volved in yes­ter­day’s dar­ing jail­break from the Re­mand Sec­tion of the Gold­en Grove Prison in Arou­ca is al­leged­ly call­ing on Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith and Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Roger Gas­pard to look in­to his case, say­ing he was set up.

Olatun­gi Den­bow, who was still at large up to last night, claims he has been in­car­cer­at­ed for the past three years on false mur­der charges laid against him by cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers and sup­port­ed by a “pro­fes­sion­al paid state wit­ness.”

Tobago stays on alert for three escapees

With three of the eight pris­on­ers who es­caped from the Gold­en Grove Prison Re­mand Yard be­tween Tues­day night and Wednes­day morn­ing still on the run, To­ba­go po­lice re­main on height­ened alert.

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that round the clock ex­er­cis­es will be con­duct­ed at the Scar­bor­ough Port, Arthur NR Robin­son In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port in Crown Point and coastal ar­eas through­out the is­land in or­der to ap­pre­hend any of the re­main­ing es­capees if they at­tempt to board a fer­ry, air­craft or pirogue des­tined for To­ba­go.