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‘Dark Season’ for TCI Police births needed Modernisation; Serious Crime Investigators have new home



By Deandrea Hamilton & Rashaed Esson

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, April 21, 2023 – A more effective Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is expected with the opening, on Monday, of a dedicated office for the Serious Crime Department in Providenciales; it is a new site for the investigative arm of the Force and country leaders, endorsing the advancement, were optimistic about the returns thanks to the new space.

“This is about more than giving you a physical space, this is about giving you a space that allows you to work together, in partnership.  To work with each other, to learn, to grow together to learn new systems and procedures in terms of how you approach serious crime in these islands,” said Anya Williams, interim Governor, who heads national security.

The office is located in South Dock and speaking during the commissioning was Kendall Grant, Assistant Commissioner of Police.

“The official opening of this building symbolizes our commitment to enhance the workspace for our staff, one that is conducive to the development, growth and improvement of the services to our communities and to ensuring that the Force strategic objectives are met,” said ACP Grant.

The establishment of the new precinct follows a difficult year for the Force.   ACP Grant, acknowledged that 2022 was a challenging year for the organization and the people of the Turks and Caicos; it was the worst year of crime on record.

“Like other departments, the Serious Crime Department was placed under immense pressure.  The workspace, the team previously worked from, was fragmented.  It impacted the service delivery and team performance, this was compounded by the fact that crime was changing, new threats emerged and evolved, with criminal networks becoming more resilient and adaptable to police tactics,” said Grant.

The new site and deepening of police relations across the region were characterised as among the silver linings in a dark cloud of unprecedented violence.

“In that dark cloud, we saw a greater collaboration between the local and UK government and we saw greater collaboration between TCI and the region.”

Some 43 law enforcement officers were deployed to the Turks and Caicos; 24 from The Bahamas and 17 landed from the United Kingdom, said Grant who said the new office was yet another commitment of the RTCIPF executive to ensure staff and witnesses to crime are placed in the ideal environment for health, safety and well-being and one which engenders better collaboration as Police work toward the abatement of crime.

In attendance were, Her Excellency Anya Williams, Governor (Atg);  Charles Washington Misick, Premier; E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier; Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education;  Arlington Musgrove, Minister for Immigration and Border Services and Otis Morris, the Minister of Home Affairs.

“Crime has become more sophisticated and it will continue to do so as these Turks and Caicos Islands Develop. Serious crime seems to be a by-product of development and that has been happening very rapidly here,” said the Premier C. Washington Misick, who thanked both The Bahamas and UK for its help during the dangerous surge in crime, “This government has spared no cost in investing in law and order, in fact, compared with many other countries – developed and undeveloped countries – the portion of our GDP invested far surpasses most.”

Prayer was offered at the commissioning ceremony.

Trevor Botting, Commissioner of Police was also in attendance at the event.





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  1. Today Her Excellency the Governor convened a meeting with the Honourable Premier, the Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Attorney General, Sir Jeffrey Jowell KC and the FCDO’s Deputy Director Adam Pile to finalise the package of constitutional reform so it may be submitted to the Privy Council in July. Also in attendance was Her Excellency the Deputy Governor.
  2. The bipartisan constitutional talks with the UK Government in Grand Turk (October 2023) agreed to move to a fully elected House of Assembly*, with four additional elected members replacing the members appointed by the Governor, Premier and Leader of the Opposition. In the wider package of constitutional reform, all other major issues have been agreed in further meetings and correspondence, bar the timing of a transition to a fully elected House of Assembly*.

Scope of work of the Electoral District Boundary Commission

  1. The Electoral District Boundary Commission was stood up in February to review in the first instance the boundaries of the electoral districts into which the islands are divided in line with s.61 of the Constitution. The Governor, in line with the agreement of the UK Government, has asked that they then assess options for the composition of the four additional elected seats. This work will need to be put out to public consultation and submitted to the House of Assembly, after which further work will be required to implement the approved changes.
  2. In order to deliver constitutional reform for the Turks and Caicos Islands this summer, the agreed package of reforms now need to be submitted to the UK Government so it may be made by His Majesty The King in the Privy Council in July.

Transition to an all-elected House of Assembly*

  1. Given this timing, it was noted that there are two options for the transition to an all-elected House of Assembly*:
  1. A transitionary phase that provides for an all-elected House of Assembly* at the forthcoming election with four additional ‘all island’ candidates for the next term, following which the further work of the Electoral District Boundary Commission will inform the composition of the four additional seats going forward; or
  2. Retain the status quo of four appointed members at the forthcoming election and wait to move to an all-elected House* until the subsequent election, following the work of the Electoral District Boundary Commission which will inform the composition of the four additional seats.
  1. Agreement was not reached at the meeting on which option to pursue.
  1. The Honourable Premier continues in his view that the transition to an all-elected House* should take place at the forthcoming election with the four additional elected seats contested on an ‘all island’ basis. This would be a transitionary phase, until the subsequent election where the work of the Electoral District Boundary Commission will inform what additional constituencies may be implemented.
  2. The Honourable Leader of the Opposition has confirmed his view that the transition to an all-elected House of Assembly* should not take place at the forthcoming election, that the status quo should be retained with four appointed members; and the move to an all-elected House of Assembly should only take place at the subsequent election, where the work of the Electoral District Boundary Commission will inform what additional constituencies may be implemented.
  1. In light of the need to provide a clear position to the UK Government, a motion will be tabled for debate in the House of Assembly to allow a full debate on when a fully elected legislature should be introduced.
  • other than the Attorney General


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Government Prepares to roll out Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) for Senior Citizens



#TurksandCaicos, May 31, 2024 – The Office of the Premier and Public Policy and the Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade wants to advise the general public that plans for the Financial Assistance Programme (FAP), aimed at supporting the elderly population within our society are underway. $3.1 million in funding was approved in the current Budget Year 2024/2025

The Financial Assistance Programme, a cornerstone initiative of the Government, is a commitment to augment the social welfare of the aged in the TCI.   It is being carefully crafted to support elderly citizens who may be facing financial hardships.

The Government is fully committed to ensuring the smooth implementation of the Financial Assistance Programme as promised; and to meet the originally proposed deadline for payment of the benefit in July 2024 posed for eligible individuals.  The payment, when distributed will be retroactive to 1 April 2024.

The Government reaffirms its dedication to fostering a society that cares for its elderly population and provides them with the assistance and resources necessary to build stronger communities where everyone can not only survive but thrive.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – Ms. Patricia Arana has been sworn in on13 May 2024 as Resident Magistrate, Grand Turk.  She first joined the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court in April 2022.

Prior to taking up the position of Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court, she was the Deputy Registrar General at the Supreme Court of her native Belize in Belize City. She started her judicial career as a Magistrate in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Senior Magistrate in 2015. As Senior Magistrate, she worked in several districts in Belize, and acted as Chief Magistrate on several occasions.  She was also within that period, seconded for two years as Legal Counsel to the Financial Intelligence Unit of Belize.

Ms. Arana is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree, and a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, where she obtained her Legal Education Certificate. There she distinguished herself when she received the H.H. Dunn Memorial Prize for Legal Drafting and Interpretation.

Regionally, Ms. Arana currently serves as an Executive Member of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) on behalf of the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is also an active member of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges (CAWJ), and the National Garifuna Council (NGC) Orange Walk Branch.

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ms. Arana has since her appointment in 2022, served in various capacities: ADR Administrator and lately a member of the Mediation Committee, a member of the Breach Process Rules Committee, Justice of the Peace Vetting Panel, Justice of the Peace Disciplinary Panel, and Election Adjudicator.

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