CoP has rush hour traf­fic plan

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith says the po­lice will con­tin­ue to mon­i­tor ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic as the floods slow­ly re­cede. He as­sured that traf­fic arrange­ments were put in place so that by 3 pm to­day, when the traf­fic from north to south picks up again, there will be no grid­locks.

"We plan to clear both the north and south­bound car­riage­ways to­tal­ly for the flow of traf­fic by 3 pm," he said.

He de­nied that the flood­ing caused a bot­tle­neck ear­li­er to­day.

La Horquetta man in court charged with murder

Jaro Olyia a 24-year-old labourer of Phase 6, La Horquetta is expected to appear before the Arima Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of 33-year-old Juma McKell.

He is also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to police reports the victim, also of La Horquetta, was walking along Ray Apollon Drive, Phase 4, La Horquetta when he was approached by a lone gunman who shot him several times about the body.

 Mr McKell was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

CoP calls out all officers

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is calling on all police officers who can make themselves available to report for duty at 6:00 pm at the Police Training Academy in St. James.

In a press release, the Commissioner says he intends to significantly increase the police presence across the country over the next 24 hour to ensure safety and security for all.

He also asked officers who reside in other Divisions to report to their perspective police station.

This includes officers of the Western, Port of Spain and North Eastern Divisions. 

Two in court for wasting police time

Two men are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate to­day, charged with the waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time af­ter fak­ing their own kid­nap­pings.

The ac­tion has in­curred the ire of South­ern Di­vi­sion Snr Supt Zamsheed Mo­hammed, who warned yes­ter­day that po­lice would not tol­er­ate false re­port­ing. He said kid­nap­ping is a high pri­or­i­ty of­fence which re­quires sig­nif­i­cant man­pow­er as the CID, Task Force, An­ti- Kid­nap­ping Squad, Cy­ber­crime and oth­er units are de­ployed im­me­di­ate­ly.

Driver has no permit, no insurance but $13,000 in weed

One man was arrested and a quantity of marijuana seized by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, Charford Court Base, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Port of Spain district, yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise between 10 am and 12:10 pm on Tuesday, during which they had cause to stop and search a motor vehicle with a lone male occupant along Charlotte Street in the vicinity of the Renegades Pan Yard.

The search resulted in a black bag with 1.3 kilogrammes of marijuana being discovered hidden in the vehicle.

Commissioner's office: Some firearm license applicants must resubmit documents

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says he is in the process of treating with the thousands of applications for Firearm User’s Licenses (FUL), that he met upon his assumption of office. 

In a statement issued by the Police Service on Tuesday, Griffith said that to date, his office has processed over four hundred 400 applications and is working to clear the backlog.

Police arrest Valencia man with Glock pistol

A Valencia man was arrested and a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized, by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Valencia district last night.

Officers were on mobile patrol between 6 pm and 8 pm on Monday, during which they observed a man walking along the Valencia Old Road, Valencia, and acting suspiciously.

Upon seeing the officers, the suspect attempted to run off but was apprehended a short distance away along Gill Street and searched.

$100,000 bail for police officers on larceny charge

Two po­lice of­fi­cers have been warned to have no con­tact with a man who has al­leged that they stole mon­ey from him.

The warn­ing was giv­en to Po­lice Con­sta­bles Shaz­ard Ali, 29, and Sadeeq Ho­sein, 27, as a con­di­tion of their bail when they ap­peared in the Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day charged with mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice.

The of­fi­cers who were at­tached to the Cunu­pia Po­lice Sta­tion at the time of the al­le­ga­tion were grant­ed $100,000 sure­ty bail by a Jus­tice of the Peace at the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion on Sat­ur­day.

Pastor charged with sexually touching a minor

A 72-year-old pastor has appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate, charged with four counts of sexual touching against a minor female victim.

A statement by the Police Service says the offences occurred sometime between Sunday 30th September, 2018 and Thursday 4th October, 2018.

Kenrick Bernard, appeared before Magistrate Erica Baptiste-Ramkissoon in the Sangre Grande 2nd Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer to charges.

The matter was adjourned to Friday 9th November.

Police kill three suspected bandits

Three men were shot dead af­ter po­lice in­ter­cept­ed them af­ter they com­man­deered a van loaded with over $80,000 in cig­a­rettes along Todd's Road, in Cen­tral Trinidad.

At 10 am on Fri­day, two men held up a sales man at Pa­pa James Cafe, Todds Road. Dur­ing the rob­bery the men dis­armed the se­cu­ri­ty guard of the cafe be­fore es­cap­ing with his gun and a van loaded with cig­a­rettes.

The van was lat­er found aban­doned near La Glo­ria Road.

Po­lice search­ing for the men cor­nered them at a house on Fitt Trace, off Todd's Sta­tion Road.