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TCI: Tactical Firearms Course Prepares Officers for Leadership Roles

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#Providenciales, July 16, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Eleven Sergeants and Inspectors of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RT&CIPF) took part in a Tactical Firearms Command Course to develop command & leadership skills in the delivery of the Tactical Firearms Command Role.

The four-day workshop that took place July 8th-11th, provided an overview of roles and responsibilities of command, positive command attributes, communication elements between command levels, the National Decision Model and the significance of the threat and risk assessment to decision making, the roles of a negotiator, how to Identify the progression of policing response to terrorist attacks and potential risks facing the Emergency Services providing critical support and how to Identify means of continuous professional development.


Deputy Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting in congratulating the participants spoke on the importance of the training that also saw two experienced commanders developing their training skills to continue the program locally.

Deputy Commissioner Botting said, “I am very proud of the 11 officers who attended and passed this extremely challenging course. To succeed, the officers worked very hard on the course and then had to pass a rigorous testing process. The command of serious incidents is critical for our response to incidents, catching criminals, and protecting those who live, work and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands”.

“Their success was well earned and I congratulate them on achieving the required standard. I am also delighted that, whilst a UK based trainer delivered this training, it included the development of two of our most experienced commanders to be able to deliver this training locally. Building a local training command capability is very important to maintain the high standards of command and control of incidents.”

Inspector Ensa Wilson, who is currently a 911 Silver Commander found the training to be insightful.

In just four days, I think we all gained significant skills and methods and were challenged to think deeply about our roles as commanders. We covered a lot of practical information, but more importantly we were able to delve into critical thinking related to decision making and self- development. The learning energy was amazing as the instructors had a lot of knowledge and experience. It is important that the learning environment of this nature be continued so that we develop and grow. I am looking forward to continuing using my command skills to control serious incidents effectively during my duties”.

Meanwhile, UK based facilitator Don Moyse said, it is a privilege to be in the Turks and Caicos Islands to help facilitate the training and development of selected RT&CIPF Officers in their command skills and decision-making abilities.

“My job in the UK is one of managing the training and development of Police Commanders, specifically in dealing with threat and risk mitigation in armed operations and counter-terrorism. This same training, the RT&CIPF and I adapt to the challenges specific to these islands. In delivering this training here I work as part of the team of existing specialist commanders whose experience and insight keeps the training within the local needs and context. The officers we trained arrive on day one of the course, already experienced in policing the many risks and challenges the islands put upon the RT&CIPF and we add a developing structure, process and directing ability to better equip them to mitigate these and keep the public safe. Those officers who attended the training proved themselves to be committed, enthusiastic and above all caring and to work with them was a pleasure”.

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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