National Security

Griffith assures safety for Pride TT parade

The Pride TT Committee (Pride TT) has met with the Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to discuss the safety and security needs for the upcoming annual Pride TT Fair, Mini-Concert, Fun Day and Parade, carded for Sunday 28th July, 2019 at Nelson Mandela Park.

Pride TT said in a statement that it is convinced that the Police Service is "committed to protecting all".

Griffith continues constituency meetings

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh and a cross section of constituents, to hear and discuss their safety and security concerns. 

The meeting took place on Wednesday in Couva. 

A statement by the Police Service says that the issues raised by members included home invasion, robberies and response times, from officers in dealing with distress calls. 

Ministry promises investigation into contracts for gangsters

 Hours after Guardian Media highlighted seven reputed gang leaders in North Trinidad have been benefitting from state contracts worth close to $6 million, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein has promised to launch a full-scale investigation into the matter with a report to be submitted on his desk next month.

'Emailgate' investigation is over

After almost seven years the 'Emailgate' investigation is now said to be completed and closed.  

At the police press briefing Wednesday, acting Assistant Superintendent Michael Pierre revealed that the Police Service has gathered evidence about the emails sent to certain government members in September 2012.

He says service providers were interrogated as well as the device of one individual who was on the email thread.

Griffith launches investigation into police vehicle

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has launched an investigation into a police officer who was seen in a video circulating on social media, driving a police vehicle with a broken rear wheel.

A statement by the Police Service says that the officer, who has been identified, is attached to the Eastern Division.

The statement said that pending the outcome of the investigation, the officer can be served with disciplinary or criminal action.

Senior Superintendent, Odette Lewis is supervising the investigations.

Criminologist: Kamla's crime plan a pie in the sky

A pie in the sky.

That was the re­ac­tion of crim­i­nol­o­gist Dau­rius Figueira to Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar's short, medi­um and long term crime-fight­ing mea­sures, which she promised to in­sti­tute when the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress as­sumes of­fice again.

Ad­dress­ing UNC sup­port­ers at the Mon­day Night Fo­rum in Ch­agua­nas, Per­sad-Bisses­sar rolled out her plans, stat­ing that the Gov­ern­ment had been clue­less in bring­ing the mur­der rate down.

10 escapees still on the run

Ten of the 12 detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) last Wednesday, are still at large.

IDC sources told Guardian Media that they were working closely with law enforcement officials to try and recapture the men who escaped by cutting two chain link fences during the airing period on Wednesday evening.

Two of the escapees — Venezuelan nationals, Charlie Perez Jose and Claudio Flores, were found wandering in a forested area and escorted back into the facility close to midnight last Wednesday.

Police officers injured in accident

Four police officers were injured in an accident in Barrackpore Tuesday morning. 

Reports indicate that none of the officers received life-threatening injuries.

However, images showed the officers being transported from the scene of the accident in an ambulance. 

One eyewitness told Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie that a red pick-up truck which was driving behind the officers crashed into the police vehicle after they suddenly mashed brakes. 

Heerah: Zonal curfews can help fight crime

A former head of the National Operations Centre (NOC), Garvin Heerah has called for a zonal curfew or a zonal state of emergency as an immediate initiative to help deal with the reduction of crime in T&T.

Heerah was speaking on the recent ranking of T&T as the 6th country making it one of the most violent countries in the world as per capita. 

Just on Monday, nine murders were recorded bringing the murder toll to 281. 

He was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of CNC3’s The Morning Brew.

COP calls out off-duty officers in response to murder spike

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced measures to be taken to peg back the spike in homicides in the last 36 hours, which includes the calling out of all officers who are off-duty. 

In a statement on Monday, the commissioner said the measures will include:

• Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning;

• Every available police officer will be out on the streets conducting static and foot patrols;

• All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols;

• Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty;