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the awards segment of
the Police Service s
passing-out parade yes-
terday with the majority
awards being given to
female police constables.
Even though less than
half of the 153 officers
who participated in the
parade were women, they
still managed to cop 12
out of the 15 prizes that
were up from grabs with
the prize for most out-
standing recruit being
given to WPC Corban.
Corban also shared the
top prize for the highest
marks in the behavioural
science component of the
raining exercise with two
other female constables.
While addressing the
at the function at the
Police Training Academy,
St James, yesterday after-
noon acting Police Com-
them to use their training
to assist citizens.
"You are highly trained
to deliver excellent polic-
ing service to T&T,"
He advised the officers
to remain strong and
focused and told them to
live by the Police Service s
motto: "To Protect and
Serve with Pride".
He noted that yester-
day s parade was the
largest in some time and
was part of the service s
tradition of "a large batch
Williams said while
policing may be regarded
as one of the most chal-
lenging professions in
T&T, the service would
support all of its officers.
"I want to give you the
clear assurance that we
do in fact take care of our
family," Williams said.
Minister Gary Griffith,
who delivered the feature
address, said he was
happy with the number
of recruits graduating
because there was an
urgent need for additional
He said because of the
shortage, soldiers and
other members of the
Defence Force were
required to assist in anti-
Griffith hoped as more
officers were recruited,
members of the Defence
Force would be able to
focus more on their
The Police Service s Fraud Squad is
warning citizens to refrain from
responding to random text messages
which may in fact turn out to be inter-
national fraud scams.
Police public information officer ASP
Joanne Archie gave the advice while
speaking at the weekly police press
briefing at the Police Administration
Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Archie said: "Do not disclose any
personal information, example name
and address and personal banking infor-
mation. If the sender of the request is
not known to you personally, disregard
all such calls and requests."
She added the Fraud Squad had
received several reports of such bogus
text messages which were under inves-
She said in some messages the
senders advised potential victims they
had won a sum of money and a pro-
cessing fee was necessary to claim it.
She also said the fraudulent information
may be sent through the mail and via
"The senders will in most instances
describe themselves as a close friend
of a relative and that they are stranded
in a foreign country and need cash to
purchase a return ticket," Archie said.
She also warned citizens to be wary
of advertisements involving "easy or
"Such advertisements tend to solicit
the unsuspecting public to make small
down payments for the processing of
motor vehicle loan applications," Archie
She said the victims would be told
they have to wait a week for approval
and when they returned the company
would no longer be in existence.
"Do not be swayed by the terms easy
and swift if the entity is unknown to
you," Archie said.
Another "new and unique form of
deception", Archie said, was the sale of
properties by people pretending to be
the legal owners.
Archie said fraudsters were adver-
tising property for sale in the classified
ads and potential buyers were urged to
make a downpayment for the proper-
Women top police graduation
duties of protecting the
country s borders.
He also encouraged the
officers to serve with
pride and said they need-
ed to be patriotic.
He added: "Use patri-
otism as a precedent over
anything else in your life,
including loyalty to your
friends. I say this because
I want you to always be
true to yourself and to
"If you see something
that is wrong, no matter
who is the one who is
committing the act, do
not turn a blind eye to it.
Act against it."
Minister of State in the
National Security Ministry
Embau Moheni, DCP
Mervyn Richardson, Chief
Fire Officer Naya Ram-
persad and other senior
officers also attended.
Police recruits march past senior officers and guests during the T&T Po-
lice Service passing-out parade yesterday at the Police Academy, St
James. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
International R&B recording artist, Ne-Yo, centre, leaves the Piarco International Airport yesterday. The
Grammy Award winning songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor is in the country to perform at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain tomorrow as part of the RedLight Concert Series. Ne-Yo will be
joined by R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter R.Kelly as well as local soca sensations
Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez.
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