Two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are currently in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the fulfilment of exchange of knowledge agreements signed by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith and police departments in the United States last year.
In fact, the T&T Guardian understands that the officers visited the scene of a homicide in Port-of-Spain on Saturday night to observe and provide consultation to local investigators who responded to the murder of 38-year-old Ricardo Chew at Nelson Street.
A team of officers from the Port-of-Spain Division and the Homicide Bureau, including Sgt Reyes, Cpl Guerra, PC Linton, PC Smith, PC Jore, PC Mohammed, PC Rosado, PC Hosein and PC Finley are continuing investigations into the incident.
The Police Service has been learning how to effectively implement and conduct a community initiative impact programme that will help reduce gang violence in this country from the two experienced LAPD officers, Robert Clark, an assistant special agent and homicide detective Cedric Washington.
Both men, in a recent interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew, had said they are here to help local officers deal with gangs— including their leaders and members.
Washington visited Laventille recently and said he was told by "good people" in the community that they are tired of the murders and gunshots, being locked away in their homes and not being able to appreciate the lovely waterfront view from the hills that overlook the capital city.
"We are here to help to give advice on what we have done in LA…the programmes that have worked and obviously reduced crime," Washington had said during the interview.