A Sangre Grande magistrate has allowed two police officers accused of sex offences against a 16-year-old girl to continue on station bail until their next court appearance.
Inspector Christopher Fuentes, 55 and Cpl Dindial Joseph, 45, were both charged with sexual offences against the teenager following instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution Roger Gaspard on Wednesday night.
Both officers were granted police station bail by a Justice of the Peace at Sangre Grande Police Station that same night.
Admitting that there was rampant corruption in T&T, Minister of National Security Stuart Young yesterday urged young recruits of the T&T Police Service to help in “weeding it out.”
Young was addressing the recruits during yesterday’s graduation ceremony and passing out parade for Squads E to H of Batch 2 of 2018 at the Police Academy in St James.
“There is a lot of corruption in T&T from top to bottom and one of the services you will provide is to help us civic-minded persons to weed it out.
The police yesterday admitted to a Joint Select Committee (JSC) that it is difficult to crack down on illegal PH (private for hire) taxi drivers across the country, saying if they do so the entire population would come down on them.
The firearms section of the police service will remain closed indefinitely as an internal audit continues.
In a statement today, the office of the commissioner of police says the internal audit is ongoing and is expected to last for some time.
As such the commissioner's office says the firearms section will remain closed.
The section was first scheduled to re-open on March 7th but then that was pushed back to March 21st.
But now the police service says the firearms section will stay closed to facilitate the comprehensive audit.
A police officer on suspension has been arrested following a shootout with police last evening.
According to reports, while on patrol along KP Lands, La Plata, Valencia, police were alerted by two men that a man was threatening to shoot them.
On investigating, the officers confronted a man identified as Joshua Roberts who allegedly whipped out a firearm and opened fire on them.
The police returned fire and Roberts subsequently dropped his firearm.
The assailant was arrested, a Walther pistol and 14 rounds of ammunition were recovered at the scene.
An unidentified man has been struck and killed by a police vehicle.
According to reports, the man was attempting to cross the priority bus route in the vicinity of Third Avenue, Barataria when he was hit by a marked police SUV.
Eyewitness reports suggest the unidentified man was thrown several feet into the air before landing on the ground.
We will have more for you on this story as details come to hand.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has filed an appeal over a magistrate’s decision to dismiss an assault case against Inspector Roger Alexander and PC Sheldon Mires.
Guardian Media understands that the appeal was filed in the Court of Appeal Registry hours after Magistrate Nizam Khan dismissed the charges against the duo because prosecutors from the DPP’s Office attempted to delay the start of the trial of the case for an eighth time, on Tuesday.
The Office of the Commissioner of Police says it has reached out to members of Parliament across 41 constituencies within the nine policing divisions of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen stakeholder partnerships and community engagement.
The statement says that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has written to all MPs indicating his willingness and availability to meet with them to discuss crime initiatives and strategies, which can be beneficial to their constituents and by extension, Trinidad and Tobago.
Five female Special Reserve Police Officers and a senior superintendent of police are among seven police officers arrested by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau for mischief in public office.
Information reaching the Guardian Media confirmed that the officers were arrested after a vigorous investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct involving extra duty where a revenue clerk was allegedly accommodating spruced up claims from officers over the Christmas 2018 and Carnival 2019 seasons.
The Office of the Prime Minister has expressed shock and horror at the terror attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand.
In a statement issued Friday, the Office of the Prime Minister condemned the attack.
"It is with shock and horror that we the people of Trinidad and Tobago received the sad news of the unspeakable tragedy that has been unleashed on the Muslim community and the entire nation of our sister Commonwealth nation, New Zealand.