Bail for 2 cops charged in sex assault on girl, 16

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.

Young urges new cops to weed out corruption

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.

Police firearms section still closed

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. 

Suspended police officer arrested after shootout with police

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.


Unidentified man killed by police vehicle

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.

State appeals dismissal of Alexander’s case

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.

Griffith reaches out to MPs of all 41 constituencies

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.

7 cops arrested over extra duty racket

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.

PM's Office condemns New Zealand terror attack

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.