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No apology, UK feels justified and compared SIPT threats to terrorism



Providenciales, 26 Aug 2015 – The UK explained that its decision to override what the Cabinet decided as it relates to millions being spent on security for the Helen Garlick special investigation and prosecution team is based on a desire to see the TCI avoid negative repercussions if there were to be a threat carried out.

So serious, does the UK view this, that the Governor has referenced terrorist attacks in other parts of the world as an example of the negative fallout in the aftermath of dastardly deeds.

“Were there to be any criminal activity linked to the trial, the impact on overseas tourism, especially from North America, would be catastrophic for the long term economy of Turks and Caicos, the welfare of its citizens, and the confidence of the business community. I have seen for myself, after working in New York and Mumbai, how the threat of terrorism can deflect tourism especially from the US. Similarly, all the citizens of Bangkok and Thailand will suffer because of the acts of terrorism there this month.”

His Excellency also shared that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants to make it clear to the Premier and the country at large that the UK will not pay for the SIPT costs.

“I have been asked by the Foreign Office to write to the Premier, which I have done this week, and to make it clear publicly, that the UK Government has no legal obligation to cover the costs of the SIPT inquiry, including for security. Rather it is the Government of TCI which must be responsible for financing its liabilities from its own revenues – which are, of course, continuing to show a healthy increase in recent years.”

Healthy increases are very real, the TCI recorded record growth and a surplus of $77.3 million dollars last fiscal year but the administration wants the money spent on other projects and for the SIPT to be far more accountable, the Governor agrees… but that accounting will not come until after the trials, which in large part have yet to start and which have been beleaguered with delays.

The SIPT falls under the Police, and new Commissioner James Smith asked for the extra dollars to protect the team. His Excellency Beckingham said: “It is for good reason that the additional security costs have been sought by the Commissioner. He has obtained a number of quotations, seeking to ensure value for money, and the costs will be substantially less, at $2.2M, than originally estimated. Although I recognise that this is an unwelcome, additional cost to a process which has already been expensive and drawn out, the delays were caused as a result of repeated defence applications which have now been judged by the court to be vexatious. I understand that the prosecution was ready to begin the case over 18 months ago.”

In the end, the Governor remains adamant that it would be, as he put it, a cruel blow to the Turks and Caicos if the progresses of late were blemished by criminal acts of violence related to the trials which are due to happen in December.

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Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP



#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role.Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders.Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence.It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off.  He was unable to secure that much backing.A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed.It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts.However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.

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TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.

“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.

The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.

In the first,  a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.

We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.

The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.

Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.

A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.

Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.

Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:

  • Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
  • if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
  • Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.

The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.

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Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights



#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.

Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.

Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present.  Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.

Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.

Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.

Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.

Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.

Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.

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