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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.