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Trinidad & Tobago

'Alarming Increase' as 545 Guns Seized in Trinidad & Tobago

16 September 2016

Stabroek News (Guyana)

There has been an alarming increase in the quantity of guns and ammunition seized by police this year compared with last year. The T&T Police Service (TTPS) was given a performance target by the office of the Commissioner of Police to recover at least 690 illegal firearms by the end of the year. And with just over three months left, the organisation is well on its way to achieving this number, having recovered 545 illegal firearms. In fact, this number represents an... (

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Venezuela,Trinidad & Tobago

Venezuelans Trading Guns for Food with Trinidadians - Police

15 September 2016

Caribbean 360

PORT OF SPAIN – Venezuelans and Trinidadians are bartering on the high seas, selling and/or exchanging arms and ammunition for food and basic commodities. These trades also take place at some of T&T's remote coastal ports, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Vernly Gift of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB). He made the comments yesterday at the police weekly briefing where he said there is a need for greater monitoring of the... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

So Far This Year, 220 Guns Seized in Trinidad & Tobago

8 June 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Over the last five years, 2,000 guns and 30,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized in T&T and so far this year, 220 guns and 2,600 rounds of ammunition have been taken off the streets between January and March, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says. He gave the statistics in the Senate yesterday while replying to questions from Opposition Senator Wade Mark on measures being taken to address the murder rate, now 207. Dillon prefaced his reply, saying: "As... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Minister Promises to Rid Country of Guns 'By Any Means Necessary'

24 March 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Express

National Security Minister Gary Griffith said his focus is to clear Trinidad and Tobago of all guns "by any means necessary". He was commenting on the latest police raid in Malabar, Arima, on Saturday morning when 11 persons were arrested for allegedly having guns and ammunition. In a telephone interview on Saturday, Griffith confirmed that an AK47 was found, saying it was not a normal kind of gun but one which had the capacity to fire rapidly. "This is... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Guns Primary Cause of Homicide in Trinidad & Tobago

26 January 2014

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

T&T continues to rank in the top ten for homicides per capita around the world. This is according to a source at the United Nations Information Service. The United Nations Information Service has produced reports with statistics on homicides in 207 countries. The categories are: Homicides by most Populous City; by Firearms; by Sex; and Total Homicides in 2013, and is recorded per 100,000 citizens. Calculations by the Sunday Guardian showed that between 2004 and 2009,... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Criminologists, Sociologist: More Guns Not the Answer in Trinidad

12 January 2014

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Seepersad: Broader approach to crime needed For Dr Randy Seepersad, head of the University of the West Indies' (UWI) criminology department, the 2,500 new guns for police officers is not the answer. In a phone interview yesterday, Seepersad said police officers already have weapons. He was not certain if the minister was bringing in the extra weaponry to correspond with an increase in the police force, but said the Government was taking a suppressive approach to crime.... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Man Sentenced Over $10 Shooting

18 December 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Jason Braithwaithe who shot a man in his both legs over $10 is expected to be sentenced today for the crime. Braithwaithe, 35, who had been found guilty of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Leslie Williams and possession of a gun and ammunition, will face Justice Geoffrey Henderson in the San Fernando First Court. Williams testified that he was liming with friends at the corner of Phyllis and Stella Streets, La Romaine when Braithwaithe arrived in a... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad's Top Cop Says Violent Crimes Down, Guns Used in 70% of Homicides

11 December 2013

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

In 2013 violent crimes have been reduced by 33 per cent, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said yesterday, giving an update on the Government's mandate to the Police Service to reduce violent crimes by 50 per cent in a three-year period. Attributing this decrease to "hot-spot policing," Williams added: "The hot-spot policing approach is showing by way of confirmation that it is useful. "What we are seeing is that we have journeyed from January to November... (

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Venezuela,Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Crime Boss Alleges Cops, Ambulance Involved in Gun Smuggling

12 September 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

The police continue to try to rid the streets of illegal firearms. But what happens when they are faced with gangsters bringing in high-tech weapons to perpetuate their life of murder and mayhem? Can they be stopped? A crime boss along the East West corridor who has been in the business for over 20 years agreed to speak to us about his gun-running operations, why the gang war will never end, crooked cops and other nefarious activities. MARK BASSANT: So you are a... (

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Russia,Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Nicaragua,United States,Canada,Guinea-Bissau,Libya,Mexico,Colombia

Small Arms: The Worldwide Scourge

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (

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Jamaica,Barbados,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

Barbados Authorities Trace, Destroy Guns in Fight Against Crime

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (

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Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

Barbados Authorities Tracing, Destroying Guns to Reduce Crime

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Says Handguns are Their Weapons of Mass Destruction

27 March 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Small arms, including handguns and rifles, are weapons of mass destruction in this country, said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran. Dookeran made the statement on Tuesday night as he delivered the opening remarks at a town meeting held by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) at his constituency office in Tunapuna. Dookeran is the Member of Parliament for Tunapuna. "Small arms are an important part of the armoury of the criminal industry and the region has... (

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Trinidad & Tobago,South Africa

Trinidad Official Thinks Gun Laws Don't Go Far Enough

20 February 2013

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

As the Government battles unbridled gun violence, national security adviser Gary Griffith says guns don't kill people, people kill people. On Friday, Olympic blade runner Oscar Pistorius appeared before the court in South Africa charged with the murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who had been shot four times with Pistorius' licensed gun. In South Africa where levels of crime are extremely high, many private citizens have licensed guns. But the... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Guns Used in 80 per cent of Trinidad Murders, say Police

26 January 2013

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Firearms are used in almost 80 percent of the murders in the country, therefore it is critical that the police target getting guns out of the hands of criminals. So said Ag Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, at the AmCham monthly meeting at the Hilton yesterday. According to Williams, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) recovers firearms almost every day. He said it was important for the police to find ways of reducing the illegal entry of firearms... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Police Seize Ammo, Assault Weapon from Alleged Gun Dealer

18 November 2012

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Arouca Police yesterday seized more than 300 rounds of ammunition, a mini AK-47 rifle and a quantity of drugs at a house in Bon Air. The seizure was followed by the arrest of a 36-year-old man said to be a firearms dealer. Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Dick of the Northern Division sent a stern warning to the criminals that they would have to bow to the police as they try to rid the streets of illegal guns and drugs. "Keep out of Trinidad and Tobago," Dick... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Minister to Withhold Crime Data, Despite Fall in Homicide Rate

11 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Trinidad and Tobago's security minister has banned the release of crime reports and statistics, saying the data sensationalizes crime and spurs acts of violence, a dubious claim that reveals potential political motivations behind the move. Security Minister Jack Warner, who in June 2011 stepped down from his three-decade post as vice minister of the world soccer body, FIFA, said in a statement that the temporary measure would "ensure that crime statistics are not... (

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Trinidad & Tobago,Americas

Trinidad and Tobago Plan Improvements to Gun Marking, Registration

16 August 2012

Caribbean Journal

Trinidad and Tobago's cabinet has approved $45.39 million USD for the country's fight against crime, National Security Minister Jack Warner announced Thursday. The funding will be used to improve the police service, he said. "There will be the full-time establishment of 5,000 Special Reserve Police Officers," Warner said. "We shall also establish police community support groups in all nine police divisions. These SRPs will be placed in all nine police... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad Police Seize Assault Rifles, Shotguns, Drugs in Raids

13 July 2012

Trinidad and Tobago Express

Four firearms, including a Russian-made AK-47 assault rifle and a shot gun were seized and 43 people including a member of the regiment were arrested following two exercises in the Diego Martin and Laventille areas. In addition to the weapons, officers also found bullet-proof vests, ammunition, handcuffs, wireless radios and camouflage kits. Police said during the period 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, members of the Western Division Criminal Investigations... (

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Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago Backs Arms Trade Treaty

6 July 2012

Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

UNITED NATIONS - Trinidad and Tobago Thursday stressed the need to achieve an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that is comprehensive and mandatory. The Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobagos, Winston Dookeran, addressed the high level segment of the Conference of the United Nations (UN) on the subject, which will be held until next July 27 at the headquarters of the international organisation. Dookeran referred to the negative impact of illegal trade in arms and ammunition... (

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