Oropune residents appeal to HDC and police for help

Fol­low­ing the sec­ond mur­der in a month in their com­mu­ni­ty, res­i­dents of Orop­une Gar­dens are ap­peal­ing for in­ter­ven­tion from the au­thor­i­ties to deal with an up­surge in gun vi­o­lence and oth­er il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the area

The lat­est mur­der oc­curred on Thurs­day at about 9.38 pm when a man was fa­tal­ly shot out­side Build­ing 4A. The vic­tim has been iden­ti­fied as Calvin Carl­ton Strak­er, 27, who had ad­dress­es in Orop­une Gar­dens and Sama­roo Vil­lage, Ari­ma.

New police body wants Gary to hold hand on polygraph, drug tests

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith may al­ready be fac­ing a chal­lenge from the new Po­lice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion as it re­lates to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of his poly­graph and drug test­ing pol­i­cy.

As part of the over­all plan to pro­tect the bor­ders, Grif­fith an­nounced plans to is­sue poly­graph and ran­dom drug tests to of­fi­cers sta­tioned along the South West­ern penin­su­la com­menc­ing next week.

He said this is to en­sure that no of­fi­cer can com­pro­mise the an­ti-crime ef­forts.

Polygraphs for police from next week

Start­ing next week, of­fi­cers at­tached to po­lice sta­tions in the south west­ern penin­su­la will be made to un­der­go poly­graph tests. This was a promise made by Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith in March of this year but nev­er im­ple­ment­ed.

At the week­ly po­lice press brief­ing this morn­ing he gave the as­sur­ance again. He said ran­dom drug tests will al­so be done.

No bail for police officer on rape charge

Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice of­fi­cer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault and false im­pris­on­ment of a 29-year-old Venezue­lan woman.
 James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature. 
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau. 

Recount sought after police association elections

The mem­ber­ship of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (TTPSS­WA) has a new pres­i­dent and a new ex­ec­u­tive body af­ter nine years. How­ev­er, they are ex­pect­ing a re­count of the bal­lot.

Should the fi­nal ver­dict be a win then the new ex­ec­u­tive will "hit the ground run­ning" and hold a meet­ing with the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to ad­dress the is­sues and give sug­ges­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions.

Accused cops ordered not to contact victim

Three po­lice of­fi­cers ac­cused of as­sault­ing and ex­tort­ing a Ch­agua­nas busi­ness­man, last week, have been grant­ed a to­tal of $550,000 bail.

Sgt Ram­goolan De­osaran, 44, of Rochard Dou­glas Road, Bar­rack­pore; PC An­ton Sam­son, 38, of Palmiste, Long­denville; and PC In­shan Khan, 32, of Brick­field, Wa­ter­loo, were grant­ed bail af­ter they ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day in re­la­tion to crim­i­nal charges aris­ing out of the in­ci­dent.

3 cops charged with misbehaviour in office

An act­ing po­lice sergeant and two po­lice con­sta­bles at­tached to the Ch­agua­nas Rob­bery Squad will ap­pear be­fore a Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate on Tues­day af­ter they were all charged with mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice.

The charge arose out of an in­ci­dent last Thurs­day in which they al­leged­ly de­mand­ed mon­ey from a Cen­tral busi­ness­man.

CoP clears up erroneous claim

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says that dur­ing his tenure as na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty ad­vi­sor for for­mer prime min­is­ter Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar he was nev­er part of any cov­er-up in­to the mar­i­jua­na find at Per­sad-Bisses­sar's Phillip­ine home.

Grif­fith said when he was first in­formed about the mar­i­jua­na find at the res­i­dence he ad­vised that the mat­ter should be re­port­ed to the po­lice.

Police investigating small explosion outside Hall of Justice

National security minister Stuart  Young has confirmed that a small explosive device went off in the vicinity of the Hall of Justice and the ministry of national security around 9:30 this morning.

The high court,  the magistrate's court and the ministry of national security were evacuated and the area has been cordoned off. 

The minister of national security along with members of the bomb disposal unit are currently on the scene.

We will bring you more as information comes to hand.

Woman arrested in station while seeking mediation in domestic row

A woman who went to the po­lice sta­tion with her hus­band for me­di­a­tion in a do­mes­tic dis­pute was in­stead ar­rest­ed af­ter she turned her anger on the of­fi­cers.

Kristal Maw­er, 33, of Mara­cas/St Joseph plead­ed guilty in the Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trates’ Court to be­hav­ing in a dis­or­der­ly man­ner at the Ch­agua­nas Po­lice Sta­tion.

Maw­er went to the sta­tion wit her hus­band around 7 pm on Mon­day for their as­sis­tance in deal­ing with a do­mes­tic dis­pute.