LAPD gives crime-fighting training to TTPS

Law enforcement officials attached to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are currently conducting a four-day knowledge exchange with officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

This is aimed at improving and strengthening the crime-fighting tactics of the TTPS, a statement by the Police Service said.

The visit forms part of the TTPS’ ongoing partnership with the LAPD in areas of intelligence and information exchange, training and education as well as sharing of best practices for law enforcement personnel.

95 police recruits take oath

Ninety-five police recruits today passed another major milestone in their journey to become members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

The recruits took the ‘Oath of Office and Secrecy’, at a swearing ceremony at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Academy Gymnasium, St. James, Port-of-Spain.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, who delivered the feature address at the ceremony told the recruits that they must always keep in mind that the public has certain expectations of police officers and the level of service they are trained to deliver.

Police destroy $1.2 million in weed

Fully grown marijuana trees worth approximately $1.2 million dollars were destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in the Mayaro district yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise on Thursday 10th January, 2019, during which they proceeded to Gregorio Trace, Cedar Grove, Mayaro, where they discovered a marijuana field with approximately 1,200 fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 500 seedlings.

The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.

Investigations are ongoing.

Police operation nets 8 foreign nationals, over TT$320,000

Eight foreign nationals and over TT$320,000 are currently under police guard following an exercise conducted in the Mayaro area on Wednesday, police said in a statement Thursday.

During the exercise, the officers executed a search warrant at Millennium Sea Food Limited located at Brazil Trace, Bristol, Mayaro, where they discovered two Chinese and six Venezuelan nationals, who have overstayed their allotted time in the country. 

The search also resulted in officers finding TT$317,350 and US$700 on the premises.

Police warn of WhatsApp money-for-jobs scam

Police have issued a warning to be wary of falling prey to scams on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, whereby criminals trick unsuspecting victims into paying large sums of money in exchange for employment.

The warning follows reports of a local social media scam that has resulted in victims being fleeced of large sums of money by criminals.

In December 2018, several persons who are members of a WhatsApp group were falsely informed that they would be employed as riggers at an energy company, if they wired TT$3,000 to a Western Union account.

Senior cop: Ensure proper Carnival supervision for your children

T&T has an is­sue with peo­ple go­ing miss­ing es­pe­cial­ly the “young ones” and there­fore for this Car­ni­val sea­son, all adults must make it their pri­or­i­ty to arrange prop­er su­per­vi­sion for them in your ab­sence and al­so when they are with you out on the streets.

This state­ment was made yes­ter­day by pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the Po­lice Ser­vice ASP Michael Jack­man dur­ing the CNC’s The Morn­ing Brew.

Jack­man ad­vised adults to make a pre-arrange­ment lo­ca­tion with their child or chil­dren in the event they get lost in the crowds.

Crackdown on illegal Grande quarry

A team of police officers along with the Commissioner of State Lands are at this time at an illegal quarry site in East Trinidad.

One person has been detained by police.

The suspect, however, told police that he is a watchman hired to guard an adjacent piece of land.

At about 11.30 am, as the entourage of police and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture was driving through a dirt track leading to the site, three men who were at the quarry site escaped by running through nearby bushes.

Police shooting leaves one man dead at La Brea bar

A 23-year-old man is now dead following an altercation with police officers early this morning at a bar in La Brea, in what may be the 37th police-involved shooting for 2018.

Investigators say that around 3:30 this morning, two police officers attached to the La Brea Police Station, responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm at the Dream Girls Bar.

When officers arrived, they were confronted by a group of persons who threw missiles at them.

In the ensuing melee, one of the officers allegedly drew his firearm and managed to get off one shot.