National Security

Love, hate for police in Carenage hills

While res­i­dents of Big Yard, Care­nage, claim they are be­ing tar­get­ed by the po­lice, the near­by com­mu­ni­ty of L’anse Mi­tan is call­ing for high­er vis­i­bil­i­ty of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers due to an on­go­ing war be­tween op­pos­ing gangs who have been un­leash­ing a reign of ter­ror on law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.

The call for a greater po­lice pres­ence was made by L’anse Mi­tan res­i­dents yes­ter­day, four days af­ter Keron Eve, 30, Ka­reem Roberts, 27, and Nao­mi Nel­son, 14, were al­leged­ly shot dead in a po­lice-re­lat­ed shoot­ing.

Rowley: Robust regional security is essential

Fol­low­ing are the open­ing re­marks de­liv­ered by Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley at the 19th Spe­cial Meet­ing of the CARI­COM Heads of Gov­ern­ment on Se­cu­ri­ty cur­rent­ly tak­ing place in Port-of-Spain:

Venezuelan ferries turned back

Over 90 Venezuelan passengers trying to get into TT through the Cedros port were turned back by T&T Coast Guard as patrols on the border heightened on Thursday.

With intensified street protests and violent clashes on the streets of Venezuela, hundreds of desperate Venezuelans have found the fresh resolve to flee their homeland.

A source who requested anonymity said two ferries Orinoco Delta and Angel were scheduled to arrive at the Cedros port on Thursday. The Orinoco Delta was transporting 60 passengers, including one Trinidadian man with his passport.

Security blanket for Point Borough celebrations

There will be a se­cu­ri­ty blan­ket over the South West­ern Penin­su­la this week­end for the an­nu­al Point Fortin Bor­ough Day cel­e­bra­tions.

This was dis­closed by South West­ern Di­vi­sion’s ASP Bri­an Ram­phall dur­ing yes­ter­day’s week­ly T&T Po­lice Ser­vice me­dia brief­ing.

Ram­phall said the se­cu­ri­ty blan­ket be­ing pro­vid­ed will serve to min­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mit crime and dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour.

Young reiterates, "non-interference, non-intervention" in Venezuela

National Security Minister Stuart Young has reiterated the Government's position of non-interference and non-intervention in Venezuela, as riots have broken out amid an attempted coup.

The minister issued a statement Tuesday that said little more than what has been said by the government before.

The following is a statement the Minister Young.

"It has been reported that certain elements of the Venezuelan military have indicated support for Mr. Juan Guaido and that support has resulted in disturbances in Venezuela.

Freeport residents in fear over crime upsurge

The shock­ing video of a Freeport fam­i­ly be­ing tram­pled up­on, kicked and cuffed by rob­bers dur­ing a birth­day lime has prompt­ed calls for more sur­veil­lance in the area.

Res­i­dents said drug dens were crop­ping up in the once qui­et com­mu­ni­ty and they were afraid to share in­for­ma­tion.

At least every busi­ness place in the Are­na Vil­lage has been hit by rob­bers over the past year. Even the Faith As­sem­blies Church has been bur­gled and po­lice in­for­mants have been gunned down.

Promotions for 90 SRPs

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has promoted 90 Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers and commended them on their dedication to duty and professionalism.

The promotions took place at a ceremony held in the Solomon McLeod Lecture Theatre, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

Among the officers promoted were six assistant superintendents, 14 inspectors, 12 sergeants and 58 corporals.

Griffith said the SRP promotions formed a small part of the transformational efforts taking place within the police service.

US chides Guyana for honouring late terror convict

The US government has chastised Guyana for honouring the life of a former politician convicted of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The US said in a statement that a legislative resolution upholding the life and work of Abdul Kadir was an “insensitive and thoughtless act” that disregarded the gravity of his actions.

Griffith: No beef with the media

There is a Chi­nese car­tel op­er­at­ing in this coun­try, which sees nu­mer­ous Chi­nese restau­rants be­ing used as fronts for il­le­gal gam­bling, Po­lice com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith has said.

“There are more Chi­nese restau­rants than hous­es in some places, so some of these things have been used as fronts for il­le­gal gam­bling,” he said.

Grif­fith made the state­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view on i955fm’s Take Two Sun­day pro­gramme with hosts Do­minic Kaliper­sad and Roger Lee.

Two bandits shot dead while attempting to rob liquor mart

Two bandits have been shot dead in St James.

The bandits were attempting to rob Singh's Liquor Mart when they were shot dead by someone in the establishment.

Singh's Liquor Mart is located on Bournes Street, St James.

Police are currently on the scene.

This is a developing story and we will have more later.