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TCI Police builds capacity with 14 trained UK officers and one Local for the marine branch

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – November 24, 2020 — Fifteen new Officers were sworn in on Monday, November 16th, 2020 by Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting.

The officers who are trained in various specialty areas have commenced orientation to begin their new careers in supporting the Royal Turk and Caicos Islands Police Force in keeping our communities safe. As announced in March 2020, the additions include two Superintendents of Police from the United Kingdom; Ms Lisa Mitcheson, who will be leading Crime and Public Protection and Mr Martyn Ball will head Specialist Operations.

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Amongst the new faces are eight trained firearms Police Constables which will strengthen the Tactical Unit. Four officers will provide analytical and technical support for crime-solving, while one local female special constable will join the Marine Branch Unit.

Speaking on the new additions, Commissioner Botting said, “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given the incredible opportunity to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force despite many challenges we face. We have done incredible work building capacity; this year alone, we have had twenty new police constables returning from training in the Bahamas and Barbados. These new additions will contribute to the building of our capability and capacity as we do everything we can to combat serious crime and protect the borders of the TCI.”

New officers, photo provided by Royal TCI Police

Commissioner Botting added, “As Commissioner, I have always been a passionate advocate for the members of this organization, making sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs. This would not have been made possible without the support by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the United Kingdom Government who are jointly funding this project. For that, I am grateful. I believe the new officers will make a huge difference. I wish them the best of luck in their new careers as they work to serve the communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Meanwhile, local recruitment is currently underway and will be completed by the end of November. This new batch of 20 plus recruits, will attend the official Police Training School in April 2021.

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FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS

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New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.

The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:

All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.

For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.

 

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2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition

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“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.

The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.

We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.

This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.

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PDM Slams Gov’t over Airport Shut Down

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – The People’s Democratic Movement criticised the government for the recent shutdown at the Providenciales International Airport, maintaining that the strike was a repeat of “past actions that have not been addressed by the government of the day.”

There have been firefighter strikes under both the PDM (August 2019) and PNP (May 2021, June 2022) Administrations.

National Chairman of the PDM Ezra Taylor maintained that the strike was “indicative that their issues are not being addressed sufficiently. He expressed that if the issue was economic they should go to the House of Assembly and resolve it.

“While the government continues to brag about an economic boom in this country the citizens continue to feel economic pressure… compensation to our people is still marginal.”

Describing the firefighters as professionals Deputy Leader Robert Been said, “just like any other department, they deserve proper wages and proper working environments. It appears that the 15% salary increase wasn’t equal across the board. I am sure the firefighters communicated this before making their decision to strike. These kinds of situations can and could have been avoided by proper communication and mutual agreements by parties involved.”

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority has maintained there was no communication of the strike beforehand. Been said another group, the security officers, might soon be striking as well.  The TCIAA has confirmed this. Been lambasted the Deputy Premier.

“It makes me question the Deputy Premier when he makes statements about us living our best lives in Turks and Caicos.  I’m of the view that he’s just fascinated with the lyrics of the song because nothing has change to approve the lives of our people.” He further called on the government to, “Please take care of your people, please visit your department and find out issues, challenges, and concerns they may have to avoid repeats of today’s event.”

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