National Security

US Embassy donates narcotics & explosive detection dogs to police

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Mounted and Canine Branch has received five canines from the U.S. Embassy as part of our continuing support for the security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre and Senior Superintendent Patsy Joseph, Head of the TTPS Mounted and Canine Branch, marked the arrival of the new canines in Arima, and signed a document acknowledging the handover.

Canine detection at airports from Thursday

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says that effective Thursday 16th November, 2017, canine detection will be introduced as an additional security measure at the Piarco International Airport.

The AATT says this new feature will be introduced on a trial basis and is aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the security systems at the Piarco International Airport.

The AATT says the dogs and their handlers have been highly trained to perform in the aviation environment, and will function in accordance with international standards.

AATT apologises for Immigration chaos at Piarco on Sunday

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has apologised for the chaos that occured at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday due to a shortage of Immigration officers.

Arriving passengers had to wait for as long as five hours to clear Immigration after just two of 15 officers turned up for work.

The Airports Authority is not responsible for Immigration officers but AATT issued the following statement today:

Port-of-Spain a no-fly zone for drones on Sunday

The Ministry of National Security is advising that the Port-of-Spain area has been designated as a 'No Fly Zone' for the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commonly referred to as drones, for the National Day of Remembrance on Sunday.
The Ministry says that this advisory is in keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Act and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority Regulations (TTCARs).
A statement by the Ministry is asking the public to observe the following:

National Security Minister condemns killing of prisons officer

Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon has "strongly condemned" the killing of Prison Officer Glenford Gardner whom he described as "a dedicated law enforcement officer".

A statement by the Ministry says Minister Dillon extends deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Officer Gardener on behalf of the Ministry of National Security and by extension the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ministry: News reports on ISIS threats not based on anything new

The Ministry of National Security says articles that have appeared in the electronic media in respect of an advisory issued by the British Government to its nationals about Trinidad and Tobago, is not based on any new alert state that has been directed by that Government to its nationals visiting Trinidad and Tobago. 

British media have been reporting on the likelihood of an ISIS attack in Trinidad and Tobago.