Officers from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) have received specialist training on kidnapping response, from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The training was conducted on July 15th through the U.S. Embassy Port-of-Spain. It facilitated training for 14 officers assigned to the AKU.
The virtual training was taught by subject matter experts from the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and Crisis Negotiations Unit.
The experts shared the latest techniques and best practices on investigative processes and negotiations when handling kidnapping cases.
A release issued by the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain stated that the FBI, "hopes to provide more in-depth in-person training once COVID-19 health protocols are lifted."
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith thanked the U.S. Embassy for its continued partnership with the TTPS.
“I am pleased to have officers under my command attend a virtual kidnapping training session with the FBI. This training focused on best practices and would enable the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and the analytical department to utilize modern techniques in kidnapping investigations,” Griffith said.
He added: “As Commissioner of Police, I will continue to seek out training opportunities for officers of the TTPS by partnering with established organizations such as the FBI.”