Following the second murder in a month in their community, residents of Oropune Gardens are appealing for intervention from the authorities to deal with an upsurge in gun violence and other illegal activities in the area
The latest murder occurred on Thursday at about 9.38 pm when a man was fatally shot outside Building 4A. The victim has been identified as Calvin Carlton Straker, 27, who had addresses in Oropune Gardens and Samaroo Village, Arima.
Police Commissioner Griffith may already be facing a challenge from the new Police Social and Welfare Association as it relates to the implementation of his polygraph and drug testing policy.
As part of the overall plan to protect the borders, Griffith announced plans to issue polygraph and random drug tests to officers stationed along the South Western peninsula commencing next week.
He said this is to ensure that no officer can compromise the anti-crime efforts.
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.
Special Reserve Police officer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, grievous sexual assault and false imprisonment of a 29-year-old Venezuelan woman.
James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature.
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau.
The membership of the T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) has a new president and a new executive body after nine years. However, they are expecting a recount of the ballot.
Should the final verdict be a win then the new executive will "hit the ground running" and hold a meeting with the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to address the issues and give suggestions and recommendations.
Three police officers accused of assaulting and extorting a Chaguanas businessman, last week, have been granted a total of $550,000 bail.
Sgt Ramgoolan Deosaran, 44, of Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore; PC Anton Samson, 38, of Palmiste, Longdenville; and PC Inshan Khan, 32, of Brickfield, Waterloo, were granted bail after they appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday in relation to criminal charges arising out of the incident.
An acting police sergeant and two police constables attached to the Chaguanas Robbery Squad will appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Tuesday after they were all charged with misbehaviour in public office.
The charge arose out of an incident last Thursday in which they allegedly demanded money from a Central businessman.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says that during his tenure as national security advisor for former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar he was never part of any cover-up into the marijuana find at Persad-Bissessar's Phillipine home.
Griffith said when he was first informed about the marijuana find at the residence he advised that the matter should be reported to the police.
National security minister Stuart Young has confirmed that a small explosive device went off in the vicinity of the Hall of Justice and the ministry of national security around 9:30 this morning.
The high court, the magistrate's court and the ministry of national security were evacuated and the area has been cordoned off.
The minister of national security along with members of the bomb disposal unit are currently on the scene.
We will bring you more as information comes to hand.
A woman who went to the police station with her husband for mediation in a domestic dispute was instead arrested after she turned her anger on the officers.
Kristal Mawer, 33, of Maracas/St Joseph pleaded guilty in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court to behaving in a disorderly manner at the Chaguanas Police Station.
Mawer went to the station wit her husband around 7 pm on Monday for their assistance in dealing with a domestic dispute.