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International Volunteer Day 2023 “The Power of collective action:  if everyone did”



#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2023 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) proudly participates in the global celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5; a significant date established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. This day serves as a powerful reminder of the impact of volunteerism, uniting diverse cultures, languages, and purpose.

Embracing this year’s theme, “If everyone did…”, The DDME, with a sense of pride, acknowledges and recognizes the remarkable contributions of our local volunteers in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their collective actions create a unified front of solidarity to the cause of assisting humanity, and playing a vital role in steering us towards a future that is sustainable and harmonious. Their steadfast commitment and service, particularly in challenging times, are pivotal to our community’s strength and emergency response.

In highlighting the value of the dedicated volunteers this year, DDME organized various celebratory events across the islands to honour the selfless contributions of our volunteers.

In the Twin Islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos, the Team DDME and volunteers joined forces with the District Commissioner, Department of Social Development, TCI Red Cross and the TCI Regiment, in an Appreciative Hamper Distribution to the elderly and vulnerable on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Volunteers in South Caicos were treated to an evening filled with fun and games and received special gifts courtesy of DDME on Tuesday, November 28th. In Providenciales, a special Appreciation and Award Ceremony was held in recognition of the selfless service of Volunteers on Thursday, November 30th.

The team was honoured to have the presence of Honourable Minister Jamell Robinson, Minister with responsibility for DDME and Permanent Secretary, Mr. Tito Lightbourne among the special guests.  In his remarks, Hon. Robinson emphasized that Volunteerism is the cornerstone of any modern society and offered heartfelt thanks to our volunteers for their invaluable contributions and sacrificial service. DDME’s Director, Ms. Allison Gordon also commended the volunteers for their dedication and commitment and encouraged other interested individuals to sign up to become a proud DDME Volunteer. The keynote speaker for the event was Mrs. Dorothy Clarke, Former DDME Deputy Director who encouraged the DDME to include the youth in Disaster Management.  Her remarks clearly supported the Disaster Risk Reduction Clubs in Schools initiative of the DDME.  We look forward to the upcoming Volunteer Activities in Grand Turk and Salt Cay on December 11, 2023.

This year’s theme:  “The Power of Collective action:  if everyone did”, is a call for everyone to get involved and make a difference.

The DDME welcomes new volunteers.  Application procedures are available at the DDME Offices in Providenciales and Grand Turk, DDME’s Community Preparedness Officers on the islands of South Caicos and North Caicos and also at the District Commissioners Offices in Salt Cay, South Caicos, North Caicos and Middle Caicos or at

Together, let us embrace the power of volunteerism recognizing the power of collective action:  if everyone did. We Encourage You To Volunteer Today.

Here are the photo Highlights of this year’s completed volunteer celebrations:

 Providenciales:  Volunteers Appreciation and Awards, Thursday, November 30

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Town Hall De-briefing



#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk.

Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.

“The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”


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Header: Town Hall Meeting Head Table (l-r) Superintendent of Prisons Michael Woodbine, HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Superintendent Dean Holden, ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre.

1st insert: HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, MP Grand Turk North Hon Otis Morris and ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre during this afternoon’s debriefing at Police Headquarters.

2nd insert: Grand Turk resident Derek Been addresses the head table during the Question and Answer segment

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Two Charged With Firearm Offences




#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – JERREAL MISSICK, 22, of Over Back, Grand Turk and SHAQUAZE FORBES, 21, also from Over Back, are expected to appear before a Magistrate charged with the following offences.

1) Gang Membership;
2) Possession of a Firearm;
3) Possession of Ammunition and
4) Discharging Firearm

Both Mr. Missick and Mr. Forbes were charged under the Anti-Gang Ordinance (2022) following an investigation into the discharging of a firearm incident that occurred on February 13th 2024, in Over Back.
The charges came after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public


Head of Crime, Safeguarding, and Public Protection Superintendent Dean Holden said: “This is another example of the Police Force’s relentless pursuit of those suspected to be involved in gang-related crime, specifically the criminal use of illegal firearms. This latest charge also demonstrates our continued use of the Anti-Gang legislation to target individuals who cause harm to our communities”.

The RTCIPF 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 CrimeStoppers P3 app from the Google Play store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunications proudly Commissions the Yellow Wing



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 21st February 2024 – The long-awaited completion and commissioning of the Yellow Wing at the Department of Correctional Services took place in Grand Turk yesterday.

The event was attended by a number of Government functionaries; including Her Excellencies, the Governor and Deputy Governor, Ms. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Mrs. Anya Williams respectively, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, Attorney General, Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris.

Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister for Tourism, Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. Bridgette Newman, Mr. James Astwood and Mr. Miquel Swann, newly appointed interim Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Eyre, Chaplains of the HoA and the Prison, along with staff of the Public Works Department, Department of Correctional Services and Olympic Construction were also in attendance.

The reconstruction of the Yellow Wing commenced in May 2020, following destruction of the building by fire in 2019.

The ceremony was chaired by Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Clyde Greene. Among the officials who brought remarks, were, the Superintendent, the Minister, the Deputy Governor, the Premier and the Governor; all of whom expressed their delight in being able to participate in and witness the commissioning.

In his remarks, the Superintendent of the Department of Correctional Services, Mr. Michael Woodbine expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Government and Ministry for the additional funding received by the Department, to assist with the resolution of a number of longstanding issues.

He went on to note, “The key function of the prison is not only to protect the public by keeping those who pose a risk out of society, but it also has a wider role to play in supporting law enforcement”

He further highlighted some of the Department’s community activities, support given in various areas and his department’s plans for the year.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris in his remarks stated, “Today marks a significant milestone, as we gather to celebrate the completion of the Yellow Wing. This project has been a collaborative effort; which demonstrated my Government’s commitment to providing a safer and more humane environment for inmates and staff alike.” 

Hon. Morris went on to note that the improvements made to the Yellow Wing would not only enhance the living conditions for inmates but would also contribute to the overall rehabilitation and well-being of those in the Department’s care.

In conclusion, he encouraged all to continue to work together to uphold the highest standards of safety, security and rehabilitation within our correctional facilities.

Following the hand-over of the keys, cutting of the ribbon and blessing of the building; attendees were treated to a Control and Restraint mock exercise to remove a non-compliant and violent person from a cell.

The team demonstrated the manner in which they calmly manage these very difficult situations, trying their best to de-escalate the person’s heightened mood and aggression. The Exercise was well received and the team was highly commended for their negotiation and team work skills.

The ceremony ended with the Vote of Thanks by the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Raymond Grant.

The Department of Correctional Services with the of support of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development will continue the upgrade of the facilities at the Department of Correctional Services with the works to the Blue and Green wings.

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