Ninety-five police recruits today passed another major milestone in their journey to become members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
The recruits took the ‘Oath of Office and Secrecy’, at a swearing ceremony at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Academy Gymnasium, St. James, Port-of-Spain.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, who delivered the feature address at the ceremony told the recruits that they must always keep in mind that the public has certain expectations of police officers and the level of service they are trained to deliver.
Fully grown marijuana trees worth approximately $1.2 million dollars were destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in the Mayaro district yesterday.
Officers conducted the exercise on Thursday 10th January, 2019, during which they proceeded to Gregorio Trace, Cedar Grove, Mayaro, where they discovered a marijuana field with approximately 1,200 fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 500 seedlings.
The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.
Investigations are ongoing.
Eight foreign nationals and over TT$320,000 are currently under police guard following an exercise conducted in the Mayaro area on Wednesday, police said in a statement Thursday.
During the exercise, the officers executed a search warrant at Millennium Sea Food Limited located at Brazil Trace, Bristol, Mayaro, where they discovered two Chinese and six Venezuelan nationals, who have overstayed their allotted time in the country.
The search also resulted in officers finding TT$317,350 and US$700 on the premises.
Police have issued a warning to be wary of falling prey to scams on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, whereby criminals trick unsuspecting victims into paying large sums of money in exchange for employment.
The warning follows reports of a local social media scam that has resulted in victims being fleeced of large sums of money by criminals.
In December 2018, several persons who are members of a WhatsApp group were falsely informed that they would be employed as riggers at an energy company, if they wired TT$3,000 to a Western Union account.
T&T has an issue with people going missing especially the “young ones” and therefore for this Carnival season, all adults must make it their priority to arrange proper supervision for them in your absence and also when they are with you out on the streets.
This statement was made yesterday by public relations officer of the Police Service ASP Michael Jackman during the CNC’s The Morning Brew.
Jackman advised adults to make a pre-arrangement location with their child or children in the event they get lost in the crowds.
A team of police officers along with the Commissioner of State Lands are at this time at an illegal quarry site in East Trinidad.
One person has been detained by police.
The suspect, however, told police that he is a watchman hired to guard an adjacent piece of land.
At about 11.30 am, as the entourage of police and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture was driving through a dirt track leading to the site, three men who were at the quarry site escaped by running through nearby bushes.
A 23-year-old man is now dead following an altercation with police officers early this morning at a bar in La Brea, in what may be the 37th police-involved shooting for 2018.
Investigators say that around 3:30 this morning, two police officers attached to the La Brea Police Station, responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm at the Dream Girls Bar.
When officers arrived, they were confronted by a group of persons who threw missiles at them.
In the ensuing melee, one of the officers allegedly drew his firearm and managed to get off one shot.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is advising citizens to avoid conflicts, saying that their lives are worth more.
His comment comes as part of his New Year's message to the country:
"Over the past few months in my capacity as Commissioner of Police, I have asked members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of a safer country.
You have responded to the call in such admirable ways that simply cannot be allowed to go by without acknowledgement.