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Significant changes announced for Policing in the TCI; Crime up 6% for 2015

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Providenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – In two weeks a new unit within the TCI Police will be up and running and it is forecast to greatly enhance efficiency and improve Police tactics according to Police Commissioner James Smith. The unit is to be called the Specialist Operations Command.

“It will be the responsibility of this Command to manage our air, maritime and tactical teams to ensure that we maximize our deployment and it will be driven by intelligence from officers and communities and it will capture prolific and vibrant offenders. The officer in charge will make use of the best available tactics, supported by appropriate training and accreditation for UK overseas territories standards; I anticipate that this Command will be functional within two weeks.”

Smith had an anticipated date today with the media core and spent quality time sharing that he and senior officers have now met with the Premier, the Opposition Leader and Cabinet about issues in dealing with crime, equipment and human resources.

A change in deployment of officers, the closure of some of the lesser used and more unsuitable police stations around the country and recent investment in training are all tailored to deal with the nine crimes per day on average in the Turks and Caicos.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams confirmed that crime is up slightly; by 6% for the first five months of 2015 and that means 75 more crimes have been committed. These 2015 crimes are also of a more heinous nature.
We were given update that it will still be as much as 10 to 14 more days before the Florida forensics lab is able to release information on the remains found in Grand Turk; no one is being held or questioned as a suspect in that investigation.

Media learned that the suspect husband who allegedly set his wife on fire in Dock Yard in late May is still at large and is still believed to be in Provo.

The ScotiaBank security officer shooting case from May 2015 is preparing to go to court and no one is being held for the murder of 24 year old Robert Martinez, which happened on Father’s Day on Bible Street in Blue Hills. When challenged on the lack of information sometimes getting to the general public, Commissioner Smith aimed to quell feelings that they are an uncaring Force and admitted they are working on a better public relations approach.

“Sometimes when we are dealing with a crime scene, we find photographers trying to get into the heart of the crime scene which may still have images that we might not wish to be broadcast for a whole variety of reason…. What I am saying here Deandrea, is I am not sure what the breakdown is and why information is not getting enough information because if we don’t give you the right information at the right time you will probably go and find it by means that is not reliable… we will look at how we can better manage the flow of information.”

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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