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Young men on parole warn youngsters

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2022 – Three young men who have been released on parole after spending time in lockup have a word for their compatriots in The Turks and Caicos,  “prison isn’t worth it”.  But without targeted and consistent solutions to the issues pushing young men into crime, the warning will continue to miss its mark.

The young men spoke with Governor Nigel Dakin days before they were released, who in turn shared bits of the conversation with the public.

“All of them said that their advice to any young man would be to walk away from trouble – time at the prison was simply not worth it.  It was tough.” Dakin explained.

The young men’s warnings are not unfounded as the majority of individuals arrested for violent crimes in the Turks and Caicos this past year have been young men.  Additionally, the majority of people killed in violent altercations this year have also been young men.

It’s a worrying trend that Police Commissioner Trevor Botting, Premier Washington Misick and the Governor have all spoken about at length.

The three young men who are now out on parole, had to go through an extensive process to prove their intent to rejoin society would not leave the Turks and Caicos worse off.

Dakin explained that the process of being approved for parole was one of “consistent good behavior and investment in themselves.”   He said that all the young men have “held positions of responsibility and trust in the prison and some have been on day release.”

The men must be lauded for their admirable efforts, and while there are numerous projects now underway for those in correctional facilities to turn themselves around, not everyone will make it to prison.

Some will be killed by rivals, others in altercations with police, and some as innocents in crossfire.

Scores of college-age young men are arrested in the Turks and Caicos each year, in August alone, two have been arrested for drug and gun possession in separate incidents.  Another young man was shot and injured in what is being described as a case of mistaken identity, and unlicensed guns keep turning up in our youth’s possession.

These hard truths and the journey of the three young men highlights the sore lack of intervention programs aimed at catching young men as boys before they enter the stage where they must be dealt with by the law.

The recently launched Police Action League is one such program, but it has been plagued with delays and is seasonal in nature. Deputy Police Commissioner Rodney Adams bemoaned the lack of intervention aimed at boys at the PAL launch.

“For too long we have gotten it wrong in law enforcement globally…in policing we have had a reactive approach for far too long…The reactive approach has not worked, and it will not work.” he said.

In addition, the issue is contributing to brain drain as many talented young people decide to leave to escape the violence.

Unless numerous opportunities and programs are aimed at the TCI’s young men in their impressionable years, there will continue to be more bloodshed.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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