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Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob at yesterday’s TTPS press briefing.

The man now managing the police service as the most senior officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob has urged police officers to stay on their missions during this time.

Jacob was acting as Police Commissioner over the last few weeks but his tenure ended yesterday after a court ruling deemed that his acting appointment as well as that of former police commissioner Gary Griffith, were null and void.

On Thursday, he met with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force, the Special Operations Response Team, the Guard and Emergency Branch and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.

The Police Service issued a news release on his meeting, saying that during his visit and meetings with the various units, Jacob emphasised the need for officers to keep up their safety and security efforts and crime suppression, detection and investigation activities.

Jacob called for increased anti-crime and intelligence-led exercises across all nine policing divisions in an effort to demonstrate high visibility and operational capabilities to the public.

“The men and women of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) are working diligently and will continue to utilise our existing technologies and intelligence gathering capabilities to formulate effective strategies to arrest more offenders and take them before the courts. We also continue to recognise the important role of partnering with our citizens for information on crime in their communities and urge them to continue using the avenues available to them to supply us with these valuable tips,” Jacob said.

Other members of the TTPS Executive who accompanied Jacob on his visits, also called upon their charges to remain focused and resilient in the face of the demands of the job. They urged them to remember their training and rise above the challenges currently facing the Police Service, so they will not fail in their duties.

Whilst visiting the Anti-Kidnapping Incident Coordinating Centre, Jacob was updated on the investigations into the alleged kidnapping of Chaguanas businessman Kartikey Ramsundar.

Ramsundar was allegedly beaten and kidnapped from his business place Riverside Marins located at Cacandee Road in Felicity on Wednesday afternoon.

Jacob was briefed on the AKU’s use of new technology which is assisting in the investigations.

Among those accompanying DCP Jacob on Thursday, were DCP Administration Joanne Archie, ACP Ramdeen, Snr Supt Subero, Snr Supt Ellie, ASP Ramesar, ASP (Ag) Cuffy, ASP (Ag) Frank, Insp. (Ag) Sirju, Insp (Ag) Taylor and Sgt Stewart.