National Security

Court orders COP to grant athlete gun licence

National sports shooter Robert Auerbach has won his lawsuit against acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams over a six-year delay in considering his application for a Firearm Users’ Licence (FUL).

Delivering an oral judgment in Auerbach’s judicial review lawsuit in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, Justice Vasheist Kokaram ruled that Williams had failed in his statutory obligation to either approve or deny Auerbach’s application within a reasonable time.

1990 coup attempt: 28 years later

Twenty-eight years ago on Friday, July 27, 1990, the country experienced what to this day many described as its darkest hour, when armed insurrectionists stormed he country’s seat of democracy, the Parliament at the Red House, shot the then prime minister and held several people including a number of parliamentarians hostage.

Prisons’ chief wants closure on 2015 jailbreak

Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson yesterday called for closure “once and for all” in the deadly jailbreak at the Port-of-Spain (PoS) Prison.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, which marked the three-year anniversary of the event, Wilson said closure was of utmost importance because “it will inform the Prison Service what type of security lapses would have taken place”.

But Prisons Officers Association president Ceron Richards said he believes there is a major cover-up of the true facts in the jailbreak.

Parliament to decide Monday on Griffith's nomination as Police Commissioner

The House of Representatives will be called back from recess once again on Monday to debate the nomination of Gary Griffith as Commissioner of Police.


A statement by Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson Regis confirmed the sitting for Monday 30th July.

"In my capacity as Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives I wish to advise that the Speaker has received the Notification of Her Excellency Paula Mae Weekes of the nomination by the Police Service Commission of Mr. Gary Griffith for the position of Commissioner of Police.

DOMA "attracted" to Gary Griffith's views of managing Police Service

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the nominee for the post of Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has attracted its attention.

DOMA issued a statement on Tuesday, critical of the approach taken by the Police Service Social and Welfare Association.

"We wish to join with a wide cross-section of the national community in expressing surprise at the comments attributed to the Police Service Social and Welfare Association on the possible appointment of Captain Gary Griffith as Commissioner of Police.

One road in & out - how did Chaguaramas killers escape?

Gangsters who unleashed gunfire at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk could have been apprehended easily if all law enforcement arms had been working in tandem, a top-level security expert disclosed today.

The source who requested anonymity said the escape of the men who killed Fabien “Super” Williams, 32, of Sea View Hill, Kedel Osbourne, 18, from Sea View Hill, Carenage, and 39-year-old Andrew Francis, of Mamoral, occurred because of a lack of coordination.

Cerron Richards' suspension lifted

The Public Service Commission has lifted the suspension of Prison Officers Association President Cerron Richards.

According to a release from the Service Commission Department, the order of suspension on Richards which took effect in September 2016 has been lifted and he will be allowed to resume duty with immediate effect.