Wednesday 20 November, 2019

US donates equipment to Prison Service

Ambassador Joseph Mondello presents Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson with
the new equipment at the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service administration
building. Photo courtesy the US Embassy.

Ambassador Joseph Mondello presents Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson with the new equipment at the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service administration building. Photo courtesy the US Embassy.

The US Embassy has donated counterfeit currency detection machines, riot gear kits, and computer hardware to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service to aid its efforts to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment.

The handover was done by US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph N Mondello to Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson at the Trinidad
and Tobago Prison Service’s Administrative Offices in Port of Spain.

The counterfeit currency detection machines will be used to check the legitimacy of currency and checks presented by criminal defendants or their representatives seeking bail as part of the Bail Reform Act of 2017.

The riot gear kits were provided to the Prison Service Emergency Response Unit, whose officers also recently attended a US Department of State-sponsored “Mock Prison Riot” training exercise in West Virginia.

The computer hardware will host software that will allow the Prison Service to better identify and track the criminal networks active in the prisons.

The donation was made through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, utilizing funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Ambassador Mondello noted that the United States is pleased to continue its long-standing support to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service as it continues to
modernize its operations to protect society and facilitate the opportunities for rehabilitation, while maintaining control under safe, secure and humane conditions.

 

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