National Security

Law officers hunt for last 3 prison escapees - Las Lomas locked down

Five of the eight men who made a dar­ing dash for free­dom from the Gold­en Grove Re­mand Yard in Arou­ca were re­cap­tured by a joint team of army, po­lice and prison of­fi­cers short­ly be­fore 7 pm yes­ter­day.

The men, ac­cord­ing to the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice, were all held in the Las Lo­mas area fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion the au­thor­i­ties had re­ceived.

The cap­tured men were iden­ti­fied as Brent John­son, Mikhale Mo­hammed, Ker­ry Valenti­no, Joshua Janet and Stef­fon Austin. All were ac­cused of mur­der.

Two held for outstanding warrants during ferry search for escaped prisoners

Officers of the Tobago Police Division have nabbed two Trinidadians on the interisland ferry for outstanding warrants.

The men were caught during a search of the ferry for prisoners who had escaped the Remand Yard of the Golden Grove Prison on May 15.

 According to a police report, officers of the Tobago Divisional Taskforce, Port Authority, Warrant Office and other arms of the Ministry of National Security are paying special attention to all ports of entry into Tobago in an effort to prevent the escaped prisoners from reaching Tobago.

National Security looking forward to recapture of prisoners

The Ministry of National Security says that despite the incident involving the crash of a helicopter, it is looking forward to a successful recapture of eight prisoners who escaped from the Golden Grove prison in Arouca.

The ministry issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that from early this morning, the Ministry of National Security was briefed by the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on the escape of prisoners.

Three Venezuelan ferries await clearance to dock

Even though Minister of National Security Stuart Young says the Cedros port is operational, three Venezuelan ferries are still awaiting clearance to come to the Cedros port with 86 legitimate passengers.

A source who requested anonymity said up to noon on Tuesday, the vessels Virgen de Valle from Guiria which carried 28 passengers, another vessel named Virgen de Valle from Tucupita carrying 30 passengers and Poseidon carrying 18 passengers failed to dock at the Cedros port.

Chinese motorcycles for local police

A to­tal of 200 mo­tor­cy­cles are com­ing from Chi­na for use by the Po­lice Ser­vice, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley an­nounced yes­ter­day dur­ing the con­tract sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the new bil­lion dol­lar Port- of- Spain Cen­tral Block yes­ter­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter said this was among some of the re­quests his Gov­ern­ment made for as­sis­tance and equip­ment from the Chi­nese Gov­erne­ment with re­gard to the pos­si­ble im­prove­ments in this coun­try.

Police release photo of shot officer, insist it was cold-blooded attack

The police service has released a photo of the police officer who was shot in Carenage during an exchange of gunfire with residents of Big Yard, in a bid to highlight the police's side of the story, that the officers were attacked by some residents.

In a two-page statement, says the photo shows that someone used an illegal weapon and shot at a police officer.

"No one is discussing this," the statement said.

Kiosks concern - investigation launched into contract costing taxpayers $300M

Former judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Rolston Nelson, SC, has been appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a contract for immigration kiosks at the Piarco and ANR Robinson airports, that will cost the state US$43 million (approx TT$300M) over 7 years.

The contract is between Novo Technology Incorporation Limited and the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) and caters for the provision of kiosks that allow passengers to scan their passports at the machines and reduce the time spent in immigration lines.

13 held in plot to assassinate state witness as he left court

Police have arrested of 13 male suspects wanted in connection with a plot to murder a state witness, as he exited a Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

A statement by the Police Service said that strategic planning and diligent work by officers of the Northern Division Special Investigations Unit led to the arrests.

PCA: No wrongdoing by police in Gulf View raid

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it has found no evidence of misconduct on the part of any police officer during the raid of several homes in Gulf View on May 3rd.

It has also begun an investigation into the search of the home of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan's housekeeper.

The PCA said in a statement on Thursday that "a preliminary investigation pursuant to Section 30 of the PCA Act Chapter 15:05, has been completed and there have been no findings of misconduct on the part of any police officer".

PM meets US military officers in 'CAPSTONE' visit

Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.

The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.

CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.