National Security

US Chargé d’Affaires: Legislative changes necessary to combat terrorism, ISIS recruiting

Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy John McIntyre believes legislative changes must be made if T&T and the rest of the Caribbean region have to successfully combat counter-terrorism and recruitment of ISIS foreign terrorist fighters.

Responding to questions from the media after donating two shallow search and rescue watercraft to the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation yesterday, McIntyre said counterterrorism was discussed at a meeting of all US ambassadors recently.

Dillon promises increase in police, military presence in East POS

National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon is promising an increase in police and military presence in East Port-of-Spain to address the gang violence in the area.

Speaking at today's post-Cabinet news conference, Minister Dillon said that during Wednesday's walkabout in the community, law enforcement personnel could not get any proper reasons for the killings taking place, outside of the fight for turf.

Police Professional Standards Bureau investigating this

The Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the circumstances which led to a police vehicle being stranded on a seashore.

Preliminary reports indicate that police officers left the patrol SUV on the shoreline of a beach in Cedros and went on a boat in pursuit of an alleged drug smuggler.

However, upon their return they discovered the vehicle partially submerged due to high tide.

The incident is said to have occurred on Saturday.

'Not me again' - Dulalchan not reapplying for job of Police Commissioner

Deodat Dulalchan, the man who has made headlines over the past several months after he was nominated for the job of Commissioner of Police, says although Parliament has rejected his nomination he remains “committed” to the oath he took 38 years ago as an officer “to protect and serve” and to make Trinidad and Tobago a “safer place.” However, he admitted yesterday he will not put himself through the process again.

Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday hours after the Parliament vote, Dulalchan said he still had “trust and confidence in the institutions of the land.”

National Security to utilise Huawei technology in fight against crime

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, and newly appointed Minister of Communications Stuart Young have met with executives of Huawei Technologies for a presentation by one of their top Executive Global Security Officers.

A government statement says this meeting was a direct follow up to the recent official visit of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to the People’s Republic of China and in particular, an outcome of his visit to Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China, where it was agreed that Huawei would do an assessment of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Fusion Centre.

Griffith vows to sue PSC over COP selection process

Former National Security Minister Gary Griffith has sent a pre-action protocol letter to Bliss Seepersad, the new chair of the Police Service Commission (PSC), arguing that the PSC under former chairman Maria Gomes was in breach of several legal notices used in the process to select Deodat Dulalchan as Commissioner of Police.

He is arguing that because the process used was flawed, the recommendation is null and void and he wants the commission to rescind the list by June 22, 2018.