Monday 24 February, 2020

TTPS providing counselling to relatives of recent tragedies

The Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has begun counselling sessions for the families of victims of recent tragedies.

A release from the TTPS Unit remains resolute in delivering the investigative and psychosocial support essential in the aftermath of these events. The VWSU has condemned the recent killing of three people on January 16. The Unit commenced counselling and debriefing with relatives hours after the incident.

The three victims were identified as Demetri Archibald, 19, Jordan Archibald, 14, and Nyron Samuel, 24, of Muller Street, Demerara Road, Wallerfield. A fourth person has been hospitalised.

The TTPS said that relatives were provided with emotional support to cope with the trauma of the incident along with guidelines towards functioning in the difficult period ahead.

With reference to the killing of Pre-School Principal, Jezelle Phillip, on January 6, the VWSU conducted a counselling session on January 17 with a cross-section of students and their parents.

The Unit has already initiated counselling sessions with the relatives of Dr Rudradeva Sharma, who died in a car crash after he was kidnapped on January 15. Counselling sessions have also been arranged for the surviving doctor of that crash, Dr Prem Naidoo.

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