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Friday 14 August, 2020

Vendor gunned down in Cocorite, LAPD joins TTPS on scene

Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigations agent, accompanied local police officers to a murder scene on Thursday.

The team responded to the murder of Kaiz James, 28, a fruit vendor from Waterhole Road, Cocorite.

According to police, at around 11:15 am, James was standing at his fruit stall located along Waterhole Road when a silver Nissan Wingroad pulled up alongside him.

Several explosions were heard following which James was seen bleeding from multiple injuries.

The police and emergency health services were notified, however, James succumbed to his wounds before their arrival.

This incident has pushed the murder toll to 22.

Residents and passers-by noticed American nationals on the crime scene communicating with senior officers.

Later that afternoon, the police service sent a statement which explained the presence of these individuals, saying that they were here on a four-day knowledge exchange with officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). 

“This is aimed at improving and strengthening the crime-fighting tactics of the TTPS. The visit forms part of the TTPS’ ongoing partnership with the LAPD in areas of intelligence and information exchange, training and education as well as sharing of best practices for law enforcement personnel. A team of experts comprising of law enforcement, lawmakers and other professionals shared their knowledge and expertise in crime reduction and gang violence, giving advice on programmes implemented in the City of Los Angeles that have effectively curtailed gang activity in that city. The purpose of their visit is also to understand and analyse the policies and procedures of the TTPS and its relation to the justice system, in order to specifically assist the Police Service in reducing murders and gang violence, through support in the areas of training, technology support and expertise sharing. Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, held several meetings with the experts ahead of their visit, welcoming their support to assist in developing and adding to existing crime-fighting strategies employed by the TTPS. The visit from the LAPD team was sponsored by members of the business community as part of the ‘I Support Our Service’ campaign.”


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