Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 8th 2018 Contents A10 news
Thursday, March 8, 2018
People can be
The movement of people
throughout the Caribbean
region and the rest of the
Western Hemisphere who
have been radicalised into
joining Isis is of great con-
cern as it is easy for people to
This concern was raised by
the head of the US Southern
Command Admiral Kurt Tidd
on Monday at The Pentagon in
Washington. He was address-
Seeking to correct a misquote
of Tidd’s statement in a Stars
and Stripes publication, the US
Embassy in Port-of-Spain sent
the video of Tidd’s remarks con-
cerning T&T and Isis.
Tidd mentioned that the T&T
Government had spoken of 100
individuals that left to join Isis.
He added that that by itself was
an indicator that individuals have
“This pernicious message has
taken root and so it is one of con-
cern to the government of T&T.
They have focused on it and I think it
is an area that we all have to take into
consideration,” Tidd said.
In this regard answering a question
of concerns that Isis fighters may at-
tempt to infiltrate the US, Tidd said
they were increasing and improving
their efforts to prevent the move-
ment of individuals either
to the battle zone or to re-
“It is that movement
of the message and the
ability of radicalisation to
occur via the internet that
gives us all a significant
concern,” he said.
He added that there was
increased attention that
has been paid and success-
ful efforts of the interna-
tional community coming
together and working to
“Because of their effort and the
ability to detect the flow of fighters
it has had some success in keeping
some of those returning individuals
from coming back through within the
region, Tidd said.
He admitted though that according
to his conversations with partners
throughout the region in the past he
thought that there was an unwilling-
ness to acknowledge that perhaps
they had a problem with radicalisa-
tion from these extremist messages.
“Now it is a matter of routine
conversation that we have
and which we recognise as
we saw in our own country
as we have seen in other
countries it’s all too easy
for radicalisation to occur.
“We must have our eyes
open and be on the look-
out for the signs,” Tidd
teens to hide
Police are closely monitoring a disturbing trend
whereby gangs are recruiting teenagers to conceal
their illegal weapons and narcotics.
The trend was revealed by acting Superintendent
Gary Edwards, of the Organised Crime and Intel-
ligence Unit (OCIU) while speaking at the weekly
police press briefing at the Police Administration
Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Edwards said: “A trend has been noted
whereby members of several organised criminal
groups are using persons without criminal re-
cords, especially teenagers, to keep their illegal
items for them.”
He went on: “Even though there may be
some monetary reward, the money offered can
not compensate for the time spent in jail and
embarrassment suffered by one’s family.”
Asked what can be done by parents, whose chil-
dren may be susceptible to being recruited, Ed-
wards suggested that close family relationships are
vital in preventing such activity from occurring.
“Parents should communicate with their chil-
dren constantly to notice any changes in behav-
iour. They should speak to their children and find
out whether they can properly guide them,” Ed-
He said he could not say how many teenagers
and minors were currently being monitored by his
unit over being involved in gang activity in T&T.
During the press conference, Edwards boasted
about the performance of his unit, which was es-
tablished in September, last year, through the inte-
gration of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit
and the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms
“I would say that it has been pretty impressive.
The two units combined and we shared resources
and intelligence data, which led to at least ten pri-
ority offenders being arrested,” Edwards said.
In addition to assisting other police units in the
recapture of escaped prisoners Vicky Boodram and
Hamilton Small, Edwards also claimed that OCIU
was instrumental in the persons being charged and
money being recovered following a $5 million rob-
bery at the Piarco International Airport in Decem-
ber, last year.
Edwards said that since the unit was established
it has seized 333 kilos of cocaine, 129 of which was
recovered between January and March, this year. In
terms of marijuana, 285 kilos were seized between
September, last year, and February, this year.
Nine assorted firearms were recovered by the
unit during the period.
Edwards also revealed that the entire T&T Police
Service had registered a 1,062 per cent increase in
cocaine seizures and a 136 per cent increase in mar-
ijuana seizures for the first two months of this year
compared to the same period, last year.
The was a minor decrease in firearm seizures
for the same comparative period with 170 firearms
being seized in January and February, last year,
compared to 169, this year.
“The OCIU continues to advise members of the
wider public that in order to create a better soci-
ety, all and sundry need to contribute to
crime prevention and detection,” Ed-
wards said. Members of the public who
wish to report information to the unit
can contact it at 623-6207.
Links Archive March 7th 2018 March 9th 2018 Navigation Previous Page Next Page