Over 400 arrested during state of emergency in Trinidad

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Over 400 arrested during state of emergency in Trinidad by: – August 27, 2011 Share 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The total number of people arrested to date in Trinidad and Tobago under the recently declared state of emergency is 462, of whom 190 are said to be members of gangs.The announcement was made by Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs on Friday at the daily national security press conference in Port of Spain.Others in attendance were Attorney General Anand Ramlogan; Minister of National Security John Sandy and Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier Kenrick Maharaj.Highlights of the press conference were:• Between 8 am August 25 to 8 am August 26: 147 people arrested of which 75 are related to gangs; 8 suspects in homicides; 21 for drugs offences; 4 for breach of curfew; one firearm related offence; 19 for serious crime; 4 outstanding warrants and seizure of 150 rounds of ammunition;• 462 people arrested so far under the State of Emergency, 190 of whom are related to gangs;• Defence Force has made 26 arrests over the last 24 hours, including the seizure of 15 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and magazines and three rounds of .38 ammunition;• Defence Force stop and searches were conducted both on persons and vehicles in Beetham; Morvant; Cocorite; Laventille; St Augustine; Chaguanas and Marabella;• One cell phone seized with ‘useable data’;• Persons who are copying curfew permits are at risk of being arrested;• Regarding reports of solider brutality in the Forres Park, Claxton Bay area, officials at present do not have any information; but confirmed an operation was conducted in the area with the target being someone under surveillance for the last two months;• Members of the protective services are operating under strict guidelines and highest level of professionalism and will those found to be in breach will be dealt with;• Media should be aware of ‘tricksters’ who are claiming to be brutalized by the protective services;• The State will put together a high powered legal team to defend itself against those detained;• A police officer was accidentally shot by a colleague in San Fernando; the injured officer is resting comfortably at hospital and his life is not under threat;• 172 police constables to be promoted on Friday afternoon to corporalsCaribbean News Nowlast_img

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