One held with gun, ammo

One man has been arrested by officers of the Northern Division Task Force (NDTF), after he was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Earlier today, officers of the NDTF Area West, responded to a report of a robbery in progress and had cause to stop and search a silver Nissan Tiida motor vehicle being driven by a known priority offender.

The vehicle was searched and resulted in officers finding a Glock 17 pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition.

The suspect was arrested and investigations are continuing.

Griffith: New uniforms will have room for tasers, pepper spray

The long-awaited newly designed police uniforms will be introduced to the Police Service within the next few weeks.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the uniforms will have a specially-designed belt which can accommodate handcuffs, batons, tasers, and pepper spray. 

Speaking at a community meeting held at the Mayaro, Rio Claro constituency office this morning, Griffith said the new uniforms were part of the transformation of the Police Service.

Griffith also said his plans to set up a special unit to monitor the activities around the nation's schools.

Robbery suspect shot by police

One man was wounded during a police-involved shooting incident in Petit Valley on Monday.

According to police reports, officers of the West End Police Station were on mobile patrol along Morne Coco Road, around 7:45 pm, when they received information that two men wanted in connection with a series of robberies in the district, were observed in a white Nissan Almera motor-vehicle. 

The officers proceeded to the location, where they observed the two suspects.

However, upon seeing the officers, one of the men ran off.

$700,000 bail for 7 cops charged with conspiracy to defraud Toyota

Seven police officers appeared at the Port-of-Spain First Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Marista Gomez today on Tuesday, charged with various counts of conspiracy to defraud and other offences.

The officers were prosecuted as follows:

* Ag. Cpl. Marvin Bascombe, 42 with 20 years of service and former Chief Clerk of the Snr. Supt. Traffic office was charged with four counts of conspiracy to defraud Toyota; his bail was set at $100,000.

6 female officers to appear in court for fraud

Six female Special Reserve Police officers accused of making fraudulent extra duty claims are expected to appear in court tomorrow morning.

The officers were detained briefly last month but were released by detectives of the Professional Standards Bureau as the investigation was at a preliminary stage. 

Guardian Media understands that the officers were invited to return this morning as investigators received advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions at the end of the investigation.  

Police officers hospitalised after vehicle flips and lands in ditch

Two municipal police officers are warded at the San Fernando General Hospital after the vehicle they were driving flipped several times and landed in a ditch.

According to reports around 8:00 am this morning the officers were on patrol on the northbound lane close to the Gasparillo exit when they lost control of their vehicle.

CNC3's south correspondent Ivan Toolsie says that upon impact the officer's guns flew out the vehicle.

The guns were recovered, however, police are still on the scene searching for the magazines for the weapons.

Let's stop and applaud WPC Beckles

A woman police constable attached to the Maloney Police Station, has come in for commendation from Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, for going above and beyond the call of duty, in ensuring that an elderly Alzheimer’s patient was returned to his home in Tobago safely.

WPC Francisca Beckles was presented with the commendation and a token of appreciation by Commissioner Griffith for her caring nature and being an exemplar of the tenets of ‘service before self’.

Police warn of online scam

The Police Service is advising members of the public to be cautious against falling prey to online scams, where unscrupulous persons are impersonating others via fake social media profiles, in an attempt to trick and influence unsuspecting victims into applying for grants and other self-help social services.

The warning follows an increase in reports of local online scams that result in victims being conned of sums of money by criminals when they attempt to access the said grants or services.