As a result of a number of initiatives implemented by the PNM Government in the 2015 to 2020 period, the situation in Trinidad and Tobago with crime and security has improved over the past five years and positive results are manifesting themselves with a greater presence of the Police Service in our communities, more proactive and effective policing and reduced numbers of serious crimes. All surveys and opinion polls indicate that citizens of Trinidad and Tobago feel safer today than they felt 5 years ago
Some of these measures are:
HUMAN RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
- Appointment of a permanent Commissioner of Police, a key appointment that was left vacant since 2012. The new Commissioner has moved apace to modernize and improve the capacity and responsiveness of the Police Force
- Appointment of younger officers to the positions of Chief of Defence Staff and Director of the Strategic Services Agency, allowing for more continuity in office
- Restructuring of critical units in the Police Service, such as the Special Operations Response Team, White Collar Crime Unit and Social Media Monitoring Unit
- Operationalization of the National Operations Fusion Centre and the establishment of a National Intelligence Fusion Centre, leading to a sharing of resources, intelligence, and more focused intelligence driven operations.
- Provision of more resources to the Financial Investigations Branch of the Police Service, to deal with money laundering, corruption, and fraud
- Provision of additional resources to the Counter Trafficking Unit, to deal with human trafficking.
- Deployment of multi-agency specialist teams to provide land and coastal surveillance, operations, and intervention
- Establishment of Team Nightingale to deal with the issues associated with individuals returning from ISIS conflict zones
- Expansion of the Military-Led Academic Training and Civilian Conservation Corps Programmes for youth
- Provision of greater support for the Cadet Force and Police Youth Clubs
- Launch of the CURE VIOLENCE programme to assist with mediation and intervention in communities with more prevalent crime issues
- Expansion and improvement of training and academic programmes for prison inmates
- Collaboration with NGOs such as Vision on a Mission, to promote reform and rehabilitation of inmates
- Registration of 16,500 Venezuelan Migrants for humanitarian and security reasons
DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
- Strengthening of relationships with various foreign organizations assisting Trinidad and Tobago in the fight against transnational and domestic crime
- Building of closer relationships with the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union and their various law enforcement and intelligence agencies
- Seamless and efficient demonetization of $8 billion in old $100 cotton notes and replacement with a new and modern $100 polymer note in a manner that is now the global case study for successful demonetization
MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT
- Application of greater technology in national security, especially within the Police Service
- Use of GPS tracking and real time cameras on Emergency Response Patrol vehicles, more efficient CCTV Command Centres in the Police Service
- Use of body cameras and drones in conjunction with the E-999 system.
- Improvement of the security systems in the Prisons – upgrade of alarms and CCTV systems
- Procurement of a new state of the art National CCTV system
- Improvement of border security – upgrade of coastal radar system, refurbishment of Coast Guard interceptors
- Acquisition of 200 new motorbikes for the Police Service
- Commissioning of the construction of two Cape Class Offshore Patrol Vessels from Australia
POLICE STATION, FIRE STATIONS AND PRISON SECRUITY FACILITIES
- Completion of new state of the art police stations in Besson Street and St Joseph, in Trinidad and Shirvan Road and Roxborough in Tobago
- Commencement of construction of state-of- the-art police stations in Carenage and St Clair
- Construction of a permanent Regimental base in south Trinidad at Camp La Romaine
- Commencement of refurbishment of the Remand Prison
- Completion and opening of a new fire station in Penal
In its next term, the PNM Government will continue its progressive programme of building capacity and strengthening our national security apparatus and institutions to combat crime and criminality, which will yield further positive results and create the environment for increased safety and security for the Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
Our plans for the next term include:
CONSTRUCTION OF NATIONAL SECURITY FACILITIES
- Continuation of the programme of construction of new police stations and fire stations in strategic locations and upgrade of our prisons
- Construction of a new Police Service Headquarters Building in Sea Lots opposite the Central Market, Port of Spain. This state- of-the-art facility will allow the Police Service to house critical units under the same roof in a strategic location.
- Construction of a new state of the art DNA and Forensic Centre
- Construction of new facilities for the Defence Force in Tobago
- Upgrade of the Defence Force facilities at Staubles and Tetron.
- Construction of a new prison in Tobago.
- Establishment a special court within the prison compound to hear the trials of high-risk prisoners
TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT
- Increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) by the Police Service and the National Security Air Unit
- Acquisition of helicopters for the National Security Air Unit to be manned by the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard for use by the Defence Force, Police Service, Intelligence Agencies and National Security for law enforcement and responding to natural disasters
- Upgrade of the fixed wing assets of the Air Guard
- Procurement of state-of-the-art Emergency Response Patrol vehicles
- expansion of the Police Service CCTV Command Centre Capability
- Upgrade of the technology at the National Operations Fusion Centre and the National Intelligence Fusion Centre
- Acquisition of state-of-the-art intelligence equipment
- Investment in further technology for the Police Service, such as body cameras and tasers
- Procurement of interceptors for the Coast Guard
- Provision of equipment and fire trucks and tenders for the Fire Service
- Upgrade of the Immigration Department’s systems to facilitate the use of biometrics and other available technology
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
- Improvement of crime scene investigation and forensic capability of the Police Service
- Improve the Police Service capacity in ballistics testing
- Expand and operationalize the Police Service Marine Branch.
- Expand the National Intelligence Fusions Centre to assist intelligence driven law enforcement operations.
- Establish a specialized multi-agency border interdiction unit to tackle the illegal importation of narcotics, weapons, and other contraband items
- Recruit forensic investigators, auditors, lawyers, and other professionals to pursue white collar crime
SOCIAL AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PROGRAMMES
- Improvement of the prison facilities and introduce new programmes to improve literacy, training, education of incarcerated individuals
- Assistance to the Police Service to establish its own hospital facility for its members
- Expansion of the Military-Led Academic Training and Civilian Conservation Corps Programmes
- Greater outreach and cooperation between the Police Service and at-risk communities
- Re-introduction of youth camps.
- Expansion of Youth Clubs under the Protective Services and Defence Force to reach out and assist and mentor at-risk youth
- Expansion of the CURE VIOLENCE programme and intervention programmes
- Facilitation of the provision of a health insurance plan for the Protective Services
- Assistance to members of the protective services with easier access to housing