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The new postal code can be used as an additional crime
fighting tool and Public Utilities Minister Fitzgerald Hinds
yesterday urged members of the T&T Police Service (TTPS)
to make full use of it.
The launch of the new S-42 addressing standard and
postal code took place at the Arima Borough Corporation
before Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian, her council,
TTPOST's chairman Eula Rogers and guests at the Arima
Borough Corporation office.
The code is designed to improve TTPOST's mail delivery
service through the assignment of building numbers in a
logical and sequential number.
This would eliminate the use of lamp post numbers, mile
markers, lot numbers and street addresses without a build-
ing number that are currently used in addresses through
Between 2012 and 2013, the service was launched in the
boroughs of Point Fortin and Chaguanas, while in 2015
Tobago embarked on the new initiative, which had been
developed by the Universal Postal Union.
Using the code, mail can be delivered in a more efficient
and expeditious manner through automated sorting machines,
allowing it to be sorted quickly and efficiently.
Delivering the feature address, Hinds said that the ambi-
guity of the previous address system will be a thing of the
Hinds said postmen and women will no longer be required
to locate a residence next to a lamppost, lot number or by
Hinds said the launch of the code has been long over
"I am advised that we can expect full national imple-
mentation at the bottom of 2018," Hinds said.
Residents will be notified by way of a postcard from
TTPOST of they new postal address and postal code.
He said first responders to emergencies such as Fire
Services and the TTPS will be able to respond to citizens'
needs more immediately in emergency fashion.
"If you speak to those agencies they would tell you that
they work on a very loose description, by which time a
house on fire is severely burnt or damaged. By which time
a citizen is murdered. So this standard brings benefits to
other agencies on this platform underscoring its importance
not only to TTPOST, burgesses and the people who would
benefit from it, but to other agencies including the likes of
T&TEC and WASA."
These two public utility agencies would be able to produce
more efficient billing and customer service, Hinds said.
"Old age pensioners have complained time and time again
of not receiving their pension cheques so there is pilferage
with handling. It will assist in eradication a lot of that. It
will assist the police in dealing with crime because if a
package was sent to lightpole 56-3. The intended recipient
could say I don't know nothing about that. But now with
a postal code, life would become a little more challenging.
So I am sure the police themselves in their attempt of crime
fighting will find this useful."
Hinds said the code will also help reduce TTPOST's
operational costs by producing a higher volume of interna-
tional business mail, which would create a win-win situa-
tion for all.
"It will spend far less in dealing with the distribution for
which is it mandated, while it will increase its revenue.
TTPOST like so many other State agencies is not on its
own a viable entity but it can be...and some would argue
forcefully it should be. This process will improve our rep-
utation in terms of the ease of doing business," Hinds said.
Minister of Public Utilities, Fitzgerald Hinds, left, greets Kurissa
Bajnath and other employees of the T&T Postal Corporation
(TTPOST) following the launch of the new postal code at the
Arima Town Hall yesterday. PHOTO: AYANNA KINSALE
New postal code can help police
4 Held with arms, ammo
Community resident, Harvey Sandy.
Four persons were arrested, a
quantity of drugs along with TT
and US cash were allegedly seized,
last Friday, following a massive joint
police- army exercise in the Plym-
Police reports indicate that after
an intensive 10-hour search, which
lasted from 3:00am to 1:30 pm, a
37-year old fisherman and his 26-year
old unemployed common -law wife
were among the list of four persons
According to police reports high-
grade marijuana (Kush) and cocaine
with a street value of close to
$700,000 TT, two bags -one con-
taining $120,000 TT and the other
$2000 US , a bullet proof vest and
military-issued camouflage uniform,
were allegedly found.
Eyewitness reports indicate that
the police, armed with digging devic-
es and sniffer dogs began searching
one of the properties. They also
allegedly removed ceiling panels and
floor tiles from one of the house.
Residents reported that they were
awakened by the sounds of doors
being kicked in and saw a large con-
tingent of heavily armed police and
military officers on their premises .
The exercise saw simultaneous search-
es being conducted in three specific
areas of Plymouth. The officers also
conducted roadblocks at the major
entry points to the village.
One resident, whose home was
searched, said he was pleased to see
the police doing their job." I was in
bed sleeping then about three this
morning is police come banging down
my door. Well even if I know I had
my little run-ins with them in the
past I opened the door and cooperate
fully with the police. Plymouth get-
ting dangerous now so yeah let the
police do their thing, man."
Another villager ,Sharon Sandy,
said she was also pleased with the
exercise. "I wish the police could come
more often. Look just last week they
shoot and killed a man up the road
so let the police do what they have
to in order to gain control of the crime
situation. As a matter of fact I wish
we could get a police post in the area."
However, resident Harvey Sandy
said he felt the officers should adopt
a different approach. "Yes we glad
the police come in and cleaning up
the area but if they were coming more
often or just doing more patrols and
minor searches in the area they didn't
have to bring every officer in the sta-
tion to Plymouth and take whole day
to search. They come today with
shovel and pickaxe all kind of tools.
So they come today do this big exer-
cise when they coming back?"
Just a day before the exercise ,
during the swearing-in ceremony of
the 10th session of the Tobago House
of Assembly both newly appointed
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House
of Assembly, Kelvin Charles and the
Minority Leader Watson Duke, indi-
cated they would place emphasis on
addressing the issue of crime in Toba-
Plymouth Police Excercise in Plymouth.
Joint police/army exercise in Plymouth
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