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TOP COP: “Everything that can be done, will be done, to keep you safe…”

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has made yet another appeal for the justice system to ensure that gun-toting assassins stay behind bars.

Commissioner Griffith says they’ve succeeded in reducing every other serious crime, while homicides remain a sticking point.

The top cop says the courts continue to make it tougher for him and his team of police officers to keep the streets safe for ordinary citizens, by releasing known shooters and gunmen back into society, far too quickly.

Police officers arrested for human trafficking

Two police officers, along with a Venezuelan national, have been detained in connection with trafficking in persons and other gang related activities.

The trio were arrested during an anti-crime exercise overnight in the Central Division.

The officers, who are assigned to Central Division Police and also live in the area, had their respective homes and lockers at the station searched.

The home of the Venezuelan national also was searched.

St. Joseph Couple Held with Firearms and Narcotics

A  St.  Joseph  couple  has been arrested for possession of arms, ammunition and narcotics.

The arrest occurred during  an  anti-crime  exercise  conducted  in  the  Northern Division last night, conducted by officers of the North Eastern Division Task  Force.

The exercise, spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Phillip, was conducted the between 6:15pm and 8:45pm, on Monday 6 January 2020.

According to official police reports, officers involved in the exercise proceeded  to  a  house  at  Agostini  Street,  St.  Joseph, where  they executed a search warrant.

Police escape injuries, death

Patrolling police officers in the Carapo area on Monday morning escaped injuries, possibly death when they were ambushed by gunmen.

According to a police report, at about 4 am the officers were on patrol along Race Course Road, Santa Rosa, when they intercepted a white Nissan Wagon in the vicinity of the Santa Rosa Race Course Car Park.

The officers alighted from the police vehicle and while approaching the wagon, one of the windows was rolled down and someone in the vehicle opened fire on the officers.

Two arrested for rigging ATMs

Two men have been arrested for rigging ATMs.

The arrest occurred at about 4:30 pm on Sunday, at the Trincity Mall.

According to official police reports, officers of the Fraud Squad Task Force, acting on intelligence, went to Trincity Mall’s Scotiabank Automated Transfer Machine (ATM), where they observed that the machine was rigged with a foreign device.

The officers surveyed the area and witnessed two men approach the machine and remove the device.

The men were arrested and found to be in possession of over 21 counterfeit cards.

Top CoP: do not pay for FULs

Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith is advising persons against paying anyone—including police officers—to secure a Firearm User’s License (FUL).

The top cop says that will not in any way assist in fast tracking their application.

In an official statement, Commissioner  Griffith says he has learnt that numerous  people  claiming  to  know  certain  senior  police officers, who  have made  promises  to assist them in securing their FULs. 

Police-involved shooting in Carapichaima

A man was killed during a police-involved shooting in Carapichaima on Thursday morning.

The victim has been identified as Devon Lewis, of Mungal Trace, Orange Field Road.

According to a police report, at about 4 am—acting on intelligence received—a team of police officers from the Central Division went to the house.

On approaching the front door, officers alleged that they were shot at from someone inside the house.

The officers returned fire, shooting Lewis several times about the body. He died on the scene.

THE LATEST: Explosion at Government Plaza Parkade

At about 11am today, a home-made battery operated device exploded on the 12th floor of the Government Plaza Parkade between Richmond and Edward Streets.

Guardian Media understands the explosion was a minor one, which caused smoke to fill the facility’s elevator and elevator shaft.  This resulted in the elevator being out of service for most of the day.

Reports are that even though the event was reported to the Parkade Management, the threat was not taken seriously.

UPDATE: Explosion at Government Plaza Parkade

Fire officials have confirmed that there was an explosion on the 12th floor of the Government Plaza Parkade between Richmond and Edward streets shortly after 11am.

Fire officials said the explosion occurred at 11:05 a.m.

Officials told Guardian Media this morning's explosion took place in "a confined area," of the Parkade and they called in the Trinidad and Tobago Bomb Unit to the scene to determine the cause of the explosion.

Kamla: “No Bail Bill support without our amendments…”

The Opposition Leader says she and her party will not support Government's Bail Amendment Bill this Wednesday in its current form.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar argues that the current Bill allows for persons to be framed by police, or unfairly denied bail just by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.

In paying respects to former Vision on Mission head, Wayne Chance, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said he believed that people need a second chance. She said while the UNC is committed to fighting crime it does not intend to lock people away and throw away the key.