Sunday 21 July, 2019

TTPS enlists Interpol help to identify criminals coming to T&T

A strengthened partnership between local law enforcement and intelligence agencies, along with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) will assist the police in addressing the infiltration of local gangs by criminal elements from Venezuela.

The revelation comes from Housing Minister Edmund Dillon who answered a question on behalf of National Security Minister Stuart Young in the Parliament on Tuesday, regarding urgent measures taken by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) to treat with the matter.

Dillon indicated that the TTPS has put measures in place to deal with illegal entrance of Venezuelans and others in T&T, with monitoring and intelligence gathering being carried out as it relates to Venezuelan criminals.

“They have strengthened the liaison with Interpol to identify criminals who are on the Interpol database coming into Trinidad and Tobago. They have also strengthened the liaison between the local intelligence units, the Strategic Services Agency, the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit and other local intelligence agencies to monitor the movements of Venezuelans illegally and legally into Trinidad and Tobago.”

“They are also monitoring the connections of Venezuelan criminals who have been identified in Trinidad and Tobago and the local gangs.”

Pressed further by Naparima MP Rodney Charles on whether Venezuelans residing in this country facilitating the alleged infiltration of criminals into local gangs have been identified, Dillon said there are several investigations taking place with respect to illegal Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago.

He assured that where Venezuelans are found to have been involved in such activities, they will be deported.

Asked about specific numbers of persons under investigation the Minister said these figures change daily.

“As evidence comes forward you’ll find that the number will change. I can tell you 10 today, but as I speak there may be additional numbers, so several investigations are taking place now.”

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