Over the last five days the TTPS arrested 19 persons and seized a quantity of firearms, ammunitions and marijuana. The TTPS says that they have intensified its Operation Strike Back efforts to maintain public safety and reduce crime. Details follow in this press release from the TTPS:
During the period Thursday 23rd September to Sunday 27th September 2021, the TTPS has intensified anti-crime suppression activities as part of “Operation Strike Back” and in keeping with its mandate to remove guns from the hands of criminals, maintain public safety and reduce crime.
Ag. Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob reports that the TTPS seized a total of ten firearms, 102 rounds of ammunition, 22.5 kilograms of marijuana, 159 grams of cocaine and arrested 19 persons in a series of exercises in various divisions across Trinidad and Tobago.
These seizures were a result of combined efforts following activities conducted by the North-Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) spearheaded by Ag. Senior Superintendent Winston Maharaj at Mt Hope, officers’ PC Boodoo and PC Omadath of the Besson Street Police District in the Mango Alley Area and in the Couva Police District by Officers of the Central Division Task Force in the vicinity of Lisas Boulevard.
An anti-Crime suppression operation was also conducted in the Southern Division spearheaded by Senior Superintendent Lucia Winchester, ASP. Ramdass and Inspector Phillip where priority offenders and known drug blocks were targeted, in addition a number of road traffic stop and search exercises were completed.
In Tobago, officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department arrested a suspect in connection with a murder that occurred on the 17th August 2021 at Achong Trace Tunapuna, enquiries are continuing by PC Marash of the Homicide Bureau of Investigation (HBI) Region 2.
Ag. Deputy Commissioner of Police Erla Christopher stated that “our anti-crime efforts are focused on high visibility with targeted operations. Our success over the past three days is indicative of the commitment and drive of our men and women to achieve the targets that we have set for the last quarter of 2021 and we thank them for their service. I would like to encourage and remind members of the public of their role in assisting us in the removal of illegal firearms and illicit drugs’
The TTPS reminds the public that they can report a crime on the TTPS App or by calling 911, 999 or by reporting a crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.