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Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said yesterday that approximately 75 officers are being closely monitored by police for suspected criminal activity.
The Water and Sewerage Authority said yesterday, it has suffered a 40 million gallon daily shortfall, as a result of the severe dry season.
A man police described once as one of the most wanted men in Trinidad and Tobago and a known gangster was shot and killed by police yesterday morning in a shootout in the Morvant area.
A 74-year-old man of Felicity has threatened to sue to the Judiciary for its over three-week delay in setting a hearing for his domestic violence complaint.
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is making it clear that the investigation into allegations of suspicious financial activity at three banks involving ACP Irwin Hackshaw are ongoing.
The United National Congress (UNC) has picked Care Parenting advocate Marsha Riley-Walker to challenge Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for his Diego Martin West constituency seat in the upcoming general elections.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday accused local media houses of not being independent, as he lashed out at the what he called reportage with an agenda on the visit of Venezuela Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez in recent weeks.
The People’s National Movement’s (PNM’s) Mayaro constituency is currently hustling to find new election nominees after its recommended nominee Antonio Ross – who’s overseas - didn’t present himself for screening on Tuesday.
Eleven (11) persons were arrested and three firearms, drugs, and ammunition seized by officers of the Northern Division Task Force during an anti-crime exercise in Arouca yesterday.
The exercise was coordinated by Snr Supt David, ASP Gyan, Ag Insp Pitt, and supervised by Ag Cpl Gordon, Ag Cpl Ali, PC Hall and included a party of officers of the Major Operations Unit and Canine Unit. According to police reports, during the exercise, officers received information and proceeded to four locations in Arouca where the officers seized one black and chrome revolver with two rounds of .38 ammunition, one black and chrome Jericho 941 Israel Military Industry pistol fitted with one magazine and five rounds of 9mm ammunition, and one black Taurus .45 Raging John Magnum Revolver pistol. The officers also found 27 packets containing cocaine which weighed 575 grams, as well as carcasses of wild meat in a refrigerator. The individuals were arrested for various offences - possession of an apparatus, possession of cocaine, and being found in a place where dangerous drugs are used.
As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is making it clear that the investigation into allegations of suspicious financial activity at three banks involving ACP Irwin Hackshaw is ongoing.
Upon completion of the PCA's investigation, the Authority shall where deemed necessary, take action in accordance with the Police Complaints Authority Act.
In a release issued today, the PCA said it noted a report in the Guardian Newspaper dated May 28 regarding the closure of an investigation by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) into Hackshaw following alleged suspicious financial activity.
Reference is made to a PCA Press Release dated March 9, 2020 where pursuant to Section 26 of the PCA Act the PCA 'has independently initiated a two-fold investigation surrounding reports of unusual financial transactions linked to Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hackshaw; and the alleged dissemination of "sensitive information" by police officers attached to the Professional Standards Bureau.'
The PCA stated that if a criminal offence is established, it would be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution and other relevant stakeholders. It also disclosed that it "may also make recommendations to the Commissioner of Police on the conduct of officers in private work-related business whilst being employed as a Police Officer. They may also make recommendations on how police collect donations from the public for alleged police events."
"The PCA considers this a very serious matter and is working assiduously to complete this investigation as it could potentially have serious implications for the senior officer involved," the release said.
According to the T&T Guardian article this week, an intense three-month police investigation into Hackshaw following a newspaper report which claimed he had allegedly been flagged for suspicious financial activity at three banks, has been closed by the T&T Police Service, with the officer being exonerated from any criminal wrongdoing.
The investigation was conducted by ACP William Nurse of the Port-of-Spain and Western Division and was later submitted to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.
The newspaper report in March had alleged Hackshaw had been flagged for activity during the period 2014-2019 and the three banks reported the matter to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Trinidad and Tobago.
Hackshaw has since taken legal action against the Trinidad Express, claiming from day one he had been treated unfairly.
"Insiders familiar with the investigation said the report indicated that Hackshaw only had three main accounts in which donations totalling under $.25m were given for five police events over the period 2014-2018. The report said Hackshaw, who had also earned money privately from security-related consultancy, had permission to conduct this activity," the article said.
The Galleons Passage will sail this Friday, May 29th. The boat will leave Port-of Spain at 8:00 am and Scarborough at 4:00 pm.
A couple in Barrackpore has been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition. Nicholas Latchman, 30, and his common-law wife, Shalini Silochan, 35 were arrested yesterday after a gun was discovered at their home on Ramlal Trace, Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore. According to police reports, officers of the Barrackpore Police station executed a search warrant at the couple’s residence and found one (1) Coveneca shotgun with a 12-gauge cartridge and one (1) round of ammunition on the top of a wardrobe at the home. The couple is due to appear at the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court today.
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