Starting next week, officers attached to police stations in the south western peninsula will be made to undergo polygraph tests. This was a promise made by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith in March of this year but never implemented.
At the weekly police press briefing this morning he gave the assurance again. He said random drug tests will also be done.
Six persons were arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine in separate incidents, by officers of the Southern Division and the Emergency Response Patrol, during anti-crime exercises in Penal, Debe and San Fernando yesterday.
The exercise, spearheaded by W/Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Sharon Gomez-Cooper and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Zamsheed Mohammed was conducted between 3:30 am and 7:30 am, on June 25th and included officers of the Canine Branch.
Special Reserve Police officer Akeem James will appear before a Princes Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning on three charges of rape, grievous sexual assault and false imprisonment of a 29-year-old Venezuelan woman.
The instructions to charge the officer were handed down by DPP Roger Gaspard late Tuesday night, according to senior police sources who spoke to Guardian Media.
The incident allegedly occurred in November 2018 after the 29-year-old victim was taken against her will to a house in Princes Town.
An 11-year-old Valencia boy was stabbed after he responded to a noise outside his home early Tuesday.
Police suspect the boy was not the intended target but had interrupted an attempted home invasion.
At around 4 am the boy woke up after hearing a soft thumping noise. He went to check when he noticed the front door of his home wide open. As he attempted to close the door and lock it he was confronted by a man dressed in black with a bandana over his nose and mouth.
The intruder stabbed the boy in the abdomen then escaped.
Some Big Fish will be “taken down” before year’s end.
That’s the promise from National Security Minister Stuart Young in the next wave of security operations.
“There are charges which will be laid,” Young assured on Tuesday in the Senate while speaking about the police’s use of the anti-gang law and other anti-crime legislation.
A 33-year-old labourer from Penal was arrested and a quantity of marijuana seized by officers of the South Western Division Task Force during an anti-crime exercise, conducted in Debe yesterday.
Officers conducted the exercise around 3:45 pm, on June 24th.
According to police reports, surveillance was conducted on a shed located along Somai Trace, Debe, which was occupied by a male suspect.
Officers approached the shed and had cause to search the suspect who had a black bag in his possession.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has revealed that there are “over 50 shooters, linked to various gangs” in this country who are responsible for the “significant number of homicides, via gang activity.”
In a statement released to the media on Monday, the Commissioner said this is the reason why the Bail Amendment Bill is a “critical tool” in being a strong deterrent and ensuring that when criminals are held they remain behind bars.
A 55-year-old domestic violence survivor on Monday recounted her life of terror as she called for police officers to be better trained and have more sensitivity when dealing with domestic violence victims and cases.
The St Vincentian national, who has been living in T&T for the past 37 years, knows all too well about how dangerous and deadly domestic violence can be.
Two years ago, her daughter was killed because of domestic violence.
Although Samuel Sahadeo was less than 50 metres away from his home, he could do little as it went up in flames yesterday.
But residents of Tarouba Road said the fire was no accident as one of Sahadeo’s neighbours was seen walking out of the house when smoke began to rise.
Sahadeo, a handyman, said he was at the neighbour’s home attending to his plants around 2 pm.
He said as he walked to the side of the house to drink from a pipe, he saw smoke.