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New crime unit
to focus on
The Community Comfort
Patrol (CCP) service which
was disbanded seven months
ago will be replaced by the Na-
tional Crime Prevention (NCP)
The programme which will soon
be launched will work on building
relationships with communities
and tackle escalating crime.
Making the announcement on
Wednesday was National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon.
Speaking to reporters following
the College of Science, Technology
and Applied Arts of T&T gradu-
ation ceremony at its Port-of-
Spain campus, Dillon ad-
mitted that the CCP
will be replaced by
the NCP programme.
The CCP service
which fell under
the purview of the
ty Ministry was
scrapped by the
Government on De-
cember 31, 2016.
Four security compa-
nies which provided this
service had their contracts ter-
There were reports that the
CCP was costing the State up-
wards of $70 million a month to
Leading up to the September
2015 general election, PNM
leader Dr Keith Rowley had
promised his supporters that
each regional corporation
would be outfitted with 100
police municipal officers to
help restore confidence with
the burgesses they serve.
The officers would be se-
lected from the community
based on character competence
and energy. And the officers would
not be restricted by vehicles, Row-
Dillon said as part of the local
government reform, his ministry
would strengthen the municipal
police through its 14 regional cor-
porations and the Tobago House
"We have already started the
recruitment process for that. So
we are doing the selection phase
right now and then the training."
In addition to that, Dillon said
he would launch the NCP pro-
gramme which would work in
tandem with his ministry and all
"So there would be a direct
nexus. It is what you would call
community councils at the various
corporations dealing with perti-
nent issues within the communi-
ties. They will have hands on and
ears on. And therefore they would
be able to relate and bring certain
kinds of information and kind of
initiatives to treat with this."
Dillon kept details of the pro-
gramme close to his chest, saying
more will be revealed soon.
Dillon: Close eye on
Between January and now, ap-
proximately 9,000 Venezuelans
have entered our shores legally.
Of this figure, 800 reside here.
Confirmation came from Na-
tional Security Minister Edmund
Dillon on Wednesday after he
delivered remarks at the Col-
lege of Science, Technology and
Applied Arts of T&T graduation
ceremony at the Port-of-Spain
Questioned if there was an in-
crease in law enforcement agencies
to deal with Venezuelans who were
fleeing their home country as a result
of its economic crisis and coming here
illegally,he gave the the assurance that
the Coast Guard, Immigration Divi-
sion and Customs and Excise had been
been monitoring T&T's borders.
He said based on Venezuela's cur-
rent situation, T&T was keeping a
close eye on it to avoid any issues.
In May, over 200,000 Venezuelans
took to the streets in Caracas demon-
strating against President Nicolas Ma-
duro which triggered widespread in
looting and riots.
Approximately 37 people have
been killed in the fierce crackdown
by security forces, with some 700
wounded. More than 1,800 peo-
ple were arrested.
The protest was set off by
supplies of food, medicine, soap
and even toilet paper running out, as
well as soaring inflation, as protesters
called for an early elections to remove
"With respect to the maritime side,
the Coast Guard continues to work
together the Venezuelan Guardacos-
tas and the National Guard because
sometime ago we had re-established
bilateral cooperation with the Venezue-
lans to the extent where we had direct
person-to-person contact between
the Commanding Officer of the Coast
Guard and Commanding Officer of the
Next week, Dillon said, the Com-
manding Officer of the Guardacoas-
tas would visit T&T to talk to the Coast
Guard's Commanding Officer.
As we continue to look at the move-
ment of Venezuelans into T&T, Dillon
they have tasked our military attaché
based in Caracas to get a sense of what
was happening in the neighbouring
In addition to this, Dillon said, the
Immigration Division had steppedup its
vigilance at air and sea ports to monitor
the movements of Venezuelans coming
and leaving T&T.
"For instance the last report that I
have tells us between January to now
there are roughly about 9,000 Ven-
ezuelans coming. And between that,
there are about 800 still in the coun-
try. They come and go...they travel.
There seems to be a travel pattern...
that is those who come through the
He said many Venezuelans came to
T&T to buy food.
Dillon admitted that T&T's law en-
forcement officers had arrested sev-
eral Venezuelan nationals who were
involved in crime.
"Some are incarcerated. We do have
Venezuelans in our Immigration Deten-
tion Centre. Some of them are there be-
cause they have overstayed their time."
Others who have committed offences
and were released from prison.
"And now we are making arrange-
ments through their Ambassador of
Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago to
repatriate them accordingly," Dillon
National Security Minister Edmund Dillion congratulates
Akesisha Assing who graduated with a certificate in computer
repair and maintenance and who also received a special prize.
At right is COSTAATT 's President Dr Gillian Paul, during
COSTAATT's graduation ceremony at the City Campus corner
Dundonald Street and and Fitzgerald Lane, Port-of-Spain, on
Wednesday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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