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MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT OF ST.
LIQUOR LICENSING SESSION
(LIQUOR LICENCES ACT CH.
NOTICE is hereby given
that by lawful authority under
provision of the Liquor Licences
Act, Ch. 84:10, the Licensing
Committee for the Licensing
District of St. Patrick West,
Point Fortin has appointed
WEDNESDAY 29th day of
APRIL 2015 at 9:00 o'clock in
the forenoon at the Point Fortin
Magistrates' Court as the day,
hour and place at which a SPE-
CIAL LICENSING SESSION
will be held to hear and deter-
mine the application of LOU
ANN PACKETTE and MARTIN
ALEXIS of 12 La Brea Trace,
Siparia for a certificate authoriz-
ing him to carry on the business
of a RESTAURANT in respect
of premises situated at
Welcome Hill, Guapo Main
Dated this 20th day of April
2015 at Point Fortin
St. Patrick West
Pipeline operations by MVs Michael M Kathy
M, Kenneth O and barge Winston B, towing
pipelines of up to 2000 feet in length in
progress between La Romaine Bay Area and
Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st
A wide berth and caution is advised
25th February 2015
Beverly Phillip Director of Maritime
Services Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport
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Saturday 18th April 2015, 9am to 12pm.
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Saturday 2nd May 2015, 9am to 12pm.
Saturday 16th May 2015, 9am to 12pm.
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"Guard shot dead." "Police killed in
shoot-out." "Soldier shot on
joint patrol." "Gang open fire on
police." These are not unlikely, unimag-
inable scenarios. They can happen to all
of these officers when they are respond-
ing to a wide range of emergency situa-
tions that are common in their field of
work. Further, sometimes other types of
public safety personnel accompany these
officers such as fire officers and emer-
gency medical responders. Their lives
too are also under serious threat.
Currently, there is a sizeable number
of private security companies that offer
security, alarm and response services.
Their officers are now increasingly
being called upon to respond to a wide
range of potentially-dangerous situa-
In fact, many times such security offi-
cers are first on a scene as they are sta-
tioned in many public and private build-
ings throughout the country. For
example, government buildings, banks
and other financial institutions, a multi-
plicity of retail establishments, oil and
energy companies, thousands of schools,
manufacturing companies, hospitals,
malls and other public places, air and
sea ports, homes etc.
We all must be constantly reminded
that an attack can take place at any
place and time. All public and private
security personnel must be always ready
to respond appropriately by protecting
themselves as well as others under their
Many times officers have to respond
to calls that a robbery or break-in is in
progress or has just occurred; there are
persons with guns in the area; fights are
happening in a liming arena; drunk and
disorderly activities are taking place; a
strange vehicle is driving through a large
estate compound; suspicious-looking
people are lurking around an area; drug
pushing is taking place etc.
And, in an instant, officers are off to
the scene. If they are not properly
trained on how to adequately respond to
these calls to secure, protect and serve,
it can cost them their lives as well as
that of innocent victims.
There is a whole science of planning,
strategising, tactics, resource readiness,
training etc that should be in place
before the actual operational responses
are implemented. In fact, this hinges on
having a well thought-out Incident
Command System (ICS) by the various
security, law enforcement, military and
other relevant entities.
An Incident Command System out-
lines among other things what types of
responses are required for various dan-
gerous situations, for example, how are
they to approach dangerous situations,
what formations they should use, how
many officers should go out on the
scene, what kind of equipment are
needed, what safety system should be in
place, how they are to search an area or
building, how they are to rescue people,
how they should arrest or detain alleged
perpetrators, when and how they should
proceed or retreat.
Outlined also should be how much
force they should use, what are the laws
and regulations that should govern their
intervention, how do they preserve the
crime scene, what back-up assistance
should be in place, what are the rela-
tionships with other stakeholders that
may be needed on the scene like police,
fire, ambulance, district medical officer,
what steps should be taken at the end
of the incident etc.
In other words, the Incident Com-
mand System will deal with the neces-
sary personnel, policies, procedures,
facilities and equipment needed to
respond to all types of emergencies in
an integrated systematic way. Notably,
many countries have a National Incident
It is extremely important that the
wide variety of officers who may be
involved in these potential dangerous
situations be trained so that they are
protected against all harm, while also,
importantly, resolving the problems that
they were responding to.
Any injury or death is catastrophic not
only to their families and loved ones,
but also, to the organisation that they
belong to. No organisation wants to
know that any of its officers has died or
is seriously injured.
The resulting disheartenment and even
fear can have ripple effects whereby
other officers may become hesitant and
fearful to respond to subsequent danger-
Importantly, not only must all officers
be aware of the procedures to follow
during responses in dangerous situa-
tions, they must gather hands-on train-
ing to back up the tactical approaches.
Only through such "live" sessions will
the strategies be grounded.
Critically also, at times, officers may
have to respond to dangerous situations
without the ideal response team and
system set in place.
As a result, they should know what
and how to operate in such a scenario
while also preserving their own life and
limb. Officers responses to dangerous
situations should not be treated lightly.
The nature of their job requires ade-
quate preparation for the challenging
tasks ahead of them.
They must always bear in mind an old
saying: "If you fail to prepare, prepare to
fail." This failure can cost officers their
A three-day international training on
"Officers Responding to Dangerous
Situations" with Miami Dade College
School of Justice and Caribbean Insti-
tute for Security and Public Safety
takes place May 21-23, 2015. Tel: 223-
6999, E-mail: info@caribbeansecurityin-
stitute.com for further information on
this and many other short courses.
Can someone please tell me what has happened
to the Central Statistical Office (CSO)? The CSO
compiles very important data which drives Govern-
ment policy and decision-making. At present we are
in the dark about many of government's decisions.
A case in point is the statistics on job creation. In
America there is a monthly compilation of the num-
ber of jobs created. For example, over 127,000 jobs
were created for the month of March.
In T&T we asked how many jobs were created in
January 2015, February and March. Can I say
150,250 or 275? We do not know. We are groping in
the dark. How can we say the government's policy
initiatives are working? An absence of this important
data is symptomatic of a banana republic. It's a rud-
We cannot glibly talk about unemployment fig-
ures are in the single digits. What does that mean?
What is the T&T Chamber doing about it?
We want to know how many workers were em-
ployed in the fast food industry last month? How
many workers were employed in the energy indus-
try? How many were employed in other service in-
dustries? Once we do not have that data we cannot
boast of single-digit unemployment rates.
This is not an indictment against this present gov-
ernment but all previous governments. They just
have not got it right since the beginning of the 21st
century. So let's get the CSO to do what it was con-
stituted to do---to inform Government policy. At
present the government is shooting blind folded.
The Central Bank has also been delinquent in this
regard. Let us get the correct data on monthly job
creation then we can talk about which party is per-
forming or not.
MSc, Principal, CISPS
POLICE AND DANGEROUS SITUATIONS
Why has ag CoP Mr Williams waited so long to
halt the present SRP recruitment? This is clos-
ing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
The damage has already been done. In all other
countries of the world, when recruiting for police, the
military and others in security jobs, recruits are nor-
mally properly vetted to ensure they meet the stan-
dards required to be accepted.
Why wasn't this done here in the first place?
Someone in the hierarchy of the police system must
now shoulder the blame.
How are those already recruited but not properly
vetted are going to be dealt with now?
Does this mean more public money is going to be
wasted by some drawn-up scheme to end their con-
tracts with some form of compensation?
Where is the 'updated'
A case of too little too late
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