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Opposition says it knew Nothing of the damming Review of Royal TCI Police 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2023 – Like residents, the opposition PDM Party was completely blindsided by reports of a review of into the TCI Police Force and subsequent findings that point to serious failings.

The Guardian broke the news on October 17 claiming to have seen a report from the Foreign Office which indicated that there were serious gaps in the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

When Magnetic Media reached out to the Opposition they confirmed they had been left out of the loop.  We queried whether the opposition knew the report was commissioned, who commissioned it, whether they had seen the full report, and if the opposition knew the extent of the reported failures of the police force.

The answer to all of the questions from Edwin Astwood, Leader of the Opposition and Alvin Garland, Opposition Appointed Member was a resounding No.

We sent similar questions to the Premier’s Press Office but received no response up to news publication time.

Currently, the Police Force is under the purview of the Governor. Though the Premier sits on the National Security Council as co-chair of with the Governor there is no elected member of Cabinet with responsibility for domestic security who is law-bound to give account to residents in policing matters.

It has caused friction in the House of Assembly. Garland is on record calling for immediate changes to the constitution to allow elected members to investigate the very same, the inner workings of the publicly-funded Force.

In 2022, amid the same crime wave that reportedly prompted the Foreign Office to give up and close inspection of the Police Force.

“The legislature should not be prohibited or restricted from being able to appoint a select committee given this present time and what is taking place in our country,” he continued “This House has to approve the funding for the police department every year but this house cannot enquire— into anything in the police department.  This House cannot continue to function as a rubber stamp for the executive.”

Opposition Leader, Edwin Astwood has indicated current talks on Constitutional reform seek to create an oversight body for the Royal TCI Police.

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Shooting Incident

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

Around 10:59 am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots at a location along the Millennium Highway, Providenciales.

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were dispatched and, based on preliminary investigations, were told that the occupant (s) of a red Suzuki Swift was at a business place when another car pulled alongside it, and the occupants started shooting.

The driver of the Swift drove off while the other unidentified vehicle sped off in a separate direction. 

Officers found the Swift abandoned near Miracle Close, Blue Hills, shortly after.

Based on investigations, no injuries were reported.

This remains an active investigation.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information or CCTV footage of the shooting that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app.

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Twelve Officers Sworn In

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

 

There are twelve new officers within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The officers—Ronn James, Ernie Henry, Aron Charlery, Andrew Ottley, Emmanuel Dabreo, Damion Clarke, Jeffrey Kaye, Roan Waugh, Shan Livermore, Kemar Chambers, Michael Campbell, and Ajay Budhai—took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday (July 22nd) afternoon at Police Headquarters, Providenciales.

Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin, who administered the officers’ oath, said, “Thank you for choosing the TCI. It will not be a bed of roses. Policing requires hard work, and you ensure our communities are safe. Your arrival was anticipated and highly overdue.

“You are now officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and you are committed to the safety of the people of these archipelagoes. We must lead by example and not let our guard down. Stand firm on the foundation of our motto- Service With Pride and Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing in the absence of anyone watching.”

The President of the Christian Council, Pastor Wilbert Jennings, delivered the opening prayer and told officers to always call on God in their time of need.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner Kendall Grant, acting Assistant Commissioner Mat Newton, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor and Human Resources Manager Rex Swann also attended the ceremony.

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Male Charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods 

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July 23rd,2024.

 

A 23-year-old male from the Bight, Providenciales, has been charged with the theft of a boat.

CHANDELER JOSEPH is expected to appear before a Magistrate next week to answer the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Theft
  • Two Counts of Handling Stolen Goods

The charges against Mr. Joseph followed a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district on July 19th,2024.

Inquiries were conducted shortly after Mr Joseph was arrested and subsequently charged.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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