Polygraphs for police from next week

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 arrested during anti-crime exercise

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.

Police officer charged with rape of Venezuelan woman

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.

Boy stabbed in attempted home invasion

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.

National Security Minister: Police going after Big Fish

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.

Police arrest Penal man for drug possession during anti-crime exercise

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.

CoP blames 50 shooters for rise in homicides, lob­bies for no bail for gun of­fend­ers

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.

Survivor to police: Be more sensitive to victims

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.

Suspected arson attack leaves handyman homeless

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.