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Law coming for Third Generation TCIs to be legal citizens; PNP Administration working to BOOST indigenous population

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Sherrica Thompson 

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#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – In about three months, individuals who are second or third generations of Turks and Caicos Islanders will have the opportunity to rectify this issue and gain citizenship according to the Premier and Minister for Immigration and Border Services.

It is a bold move to enlarge the indigenous population of the islands, which is now braced to be expanded, it seems.  In a revelation at the town hall meeting held in Provo a week ago, Monday November 21 there were questions and answers.

“We are now changing the Immigration Ordinance to reflect the second or third generation from Turks to Turks Islanders,” Musgrove said, noting that “within the next three months or so, we’ll see a difference in the new ordinance.”

Currently, individuals on the island can obtain their status by being a second generation, but the new ordinance will make provisions for the third generation as well.

The resident, who was speaking on behalf of her grand-niece asked Minister Musgrove:

“My grandniece has two children, one is about to graduate next year and the other the next, so in two years, both will be graduated.  At the moment, what is their status in the country?  They would be the great-grandchild of my brother, and my niece is a voting person, she is nationalized, but her children don’t have any form of status, so how does she fix that for her kids that live here in the TCI?”

This crucial question also revealed information on plans that the government has in place to grow the TCI population, which currently has a population of about 39,967 people.

In responding to the resident’s query, Premier Washington Misick said the government is currently working on the population and immigration policy of the TCI, noting that the country has to “decide what our population is going to look like in the next ten, twenty, thirty, and fifty years.”

Misick further noted in expanding the population, the public has to decide how it wants to go about doing so, whether by bloodline or importation.

“We have to make a decision in this country whether we want to expand our population by our own bloodline or whether we are going to continue to import people, give them work permits, Permanent Residency Certificates (PRCs) and then give them status, while we have our own people next door only qualified to the second generation.

“It would be far better if we extend that status to our own bloodlines, people who live across the world, so that is one of the considerations that you as the public will have a say in, that is what the government is feeling on this matter,” Misick explained.

In addition, the Premier said the government is reaching out to Bahamians of TCI heritage in the neighbor northwest of the territory.

“We are currently advertising both private and public sector jobs in the Bahamas, and we will see more and more qualified TCI-Bahamians taking positions here,” Misick said.

He also said the TCI will be opening a Diaspora Office in the Bahamas to “interact with our people, assist with that transfer and assist in all other ways.”

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

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Dana Malcolm

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#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

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#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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Astwood Rejects Foreign Interim Commissioner Appointment, Advocates for Locals

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Dana Malcolm ‘

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – “Hell no” would have been the response from Edwin Astwood, Opposition leader, to the prospect of hiring a foreigner to the position of interim acting Police Commissioner; instead, he brought out a list of locals the Governor should have considered.

“I have nothing against the individual [hired]––but what I am saying is we have 16 top right ranked Turks Islanders,” he continued, “and if I was a part of any meeting–– concerning this acting post and bringing in someone from the outside, I would say no.  In fact, I would say hell no.”

Astwood gave his reasons:

“I strongly believe that promoting Islanders from within to the position of commissioner is crucial. Internal promotions foster a sense of loyalty and commitment among the department ranks. Officers, who worked their way up through the organization, have a deep understanding of its culture, values, and operational procedures,” he said.

The Leader of the People’s Democratic Movement was speaking after the funeral of the late Jayden Joshua Smith, five days after UK national Chris Eyre was appointed to the role of interim acting commissioner following the announcement that the man who was hired for the police commissioner post would be unable to take on the job until May, for medical reasons. The opposition leader believed those in charge namely: Washington Misick, Turks and Caicos Premier and Daleeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, TCI Governor should have considered locals for the post.

”You cannot tell me, looking at these 16 names of the top brass of the police, at the level of inspectors and up, that no one from these 16 can at least act as Acting Commissioner until the Commissioner comes here,” said Edwin Astwood.

Citing what he described as the abundance of skilled officers, Astwood chided Washington Misick for allowing the appointment.

”I am disappointed in the Premier and the Ministers; in whatever meeting they had, for not representing our people, I surely would have.” He continued, “I was very disappointed at the House of Assembly on Thursday when I heard members—afraid to come to the defense of our people in this position.”

Astwood also pointed out that it was not unusual for the country to have a local commissioner, and the record of the last 14 years where the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) had been under a foreign national. Citing the government’s desire for results, he said,

”[In] fourteen years, have you seen law enforcement and crime fighting and prevention getting better, getting worse, or has it stayed the same?”

“We have had commissioners and activity commissioners from the Turks and Caicos in the past, did we get results? I would say yes. We’ve had commissioners and deputy commissioners from outside; did we get results? We gave them 14 years, and we’re still saying that we need to bring someone from the outside to give them another 14 years? Are we saying that our local people cannot do the job? I say they can Yes, we can,” he maintained.

Eyre, who is holding the fort for Edvin Martin, Commissioner Designate, will only be in the post for three months; Martin is expected to arrive in May.

Rodney Adams, Deputy Commissioner and Kendall Grant, Assistant Commissioner had both been serving in the post since November, when Trevor Botting demitted the office.

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