By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2022 – Over the sounds of screaming and jubilation at their return there is a quiet but fierce determination about the TCIs latest squad of Sandhurst graduates, the same determination they must have carried with them as they left the Turks and Caicos Islands two months ago with little fanfare to take on a military course in the middle of winter.
Officer Cadet Jahiem Glinton told Magnetic Media over the sounds of celebration, speaking for himself and his compatriots Earl Henry and Dixie Smith.
Smith, Glinton and Henry trained alongside officers from Britain and the Maldives in a grueling program that tested them in discipline teamwork, endurance and weapon drills.
“It’s a course designed to stress you, so you really have to keep it all together to make it through the course because that’s what they’re looking for, mental resilience and the ability to operate under pressure.”
All the cadets agreed with that assessment and Henry described the strain on their bodies over the two months.
Through the struggle they found solace in an unexpected comrade.
“I consider the governor a very good friend of mine now.” Glinton said.
“He’s such a good person to talk to, he is very relatable and him having been to Sandhurst before us makes it very relatable for us because there are a lot of people who wouldn’t understand the things that we went through but since he’s already done it-gone through Sandhurst – it’s easy for him to relate to us. It was good to have somebody to relate to about those kinds of things.” Glinton explained.
And true to form the governor showed up to support once again, attending the regiments members graduation on Saturday along with Tracy Knight, TCIs London representative and Lt Colonel Ennis Grant.
Officer cadet Dixie Smith who made her name as the first woman to graduate Sandhurst from the Turks and Caicos and the TCI‘s first female regiment member describes the moment she looked into the crowd and got the shock of a lifetime.
”I was so elated when we looked into the crowd, marching past in a very rigid manner and I noticed the commanding officer of the Turks and Caicos Islands regiment and his Excellency the Governor” she continued, “It was like, we have support. Someone is here for us, we are not alone in this, because it was a loooong eight weeks.” She laughed.
After receiving their honors the graduates found a way to get their flag in hand for a photo op with the governor.
Their arrival in the TCI was celebrated loud and strong on Sunday in a surprise orchestrated by regiment members, family members and Junkanoo band, We Funk.
The three were shocked by the welcome but very appreciative, letting loose were dancing singing in an explosion of joy.
Henry explained the mood of the three when they stepped off of the airplane into the excitement.
“This is definitely a huge surprise. We were not expecting this coming off of eight hours over the Atlantic, we can see that the Turks and Caicos Islands are behind us and we are very excited for the future of the regiment.”
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.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.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.
TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers
#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.
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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