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NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY LAUNCHED

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KINGSTON, Jan. 29 (JIS): The Government has strengthened its resolve to protect the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, with the launch of the National Cyber- security Strategy.

In addition to the strategy, there is the ‘Stop, Think, Connect’ campaign, aimed at public education on ways to protect systems from cyberattacks.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says given the importance of the Internet in communication and commercial transactions, all sectors “must be proactively engaged in the search for solutions, if we are to secure ourselves from the pernicious and pervasive threats of cybercriminality.”
Mr. Paulwell was speaking at the launch of the strategy, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston, on January 28.

Contained in the strategy, which seeks to ensure that network infrastructure and, in particular, critical systems are resilient to cyber threats, will be targeted campaigns to facilitate understanding potential threats and risks likely to be faced by particular stakeholder groups, and action that they can take to protect themselves.

There will also be the establishment of a Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), that will ensure that risk assessments are undertaken, and the necessary preventive measures and best practices and standards are applied and promoted in the public and private sectors.

“Several authoritative and global research studies have clearly established the link between ICT and our growth in Gross Domestic Product. More recently, with broadband being considered critical to economic and social development, more and more studies have focused on elaborating this link,” the Minister noted.

He informed that over the last two years, the police have dealt with about 2,000 cybercrime cases annually.
For his part, Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, said they have established a Cyber Division, equipped with new machines and personnel.

He pointed out that there will be increased focus on cybercrimes by the police, and that criminal investigations in the future will have a heavy reliance on technology.

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Stolen Vessel Recovered

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

 

July 20th, 2024.

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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