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FLASHBACK - Heavily armed police officers patrol High Street, San Fernando, in March 2021. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)

With the State of Emergency officially at an end, and the Yuletide season entering its peak, the Police Service is advising citizens to be careful when they are out shopping, as well as when they are returning to their homes, and letting them know they have their backs.

Speaking on CNC3’s “The Morning Brew” today, the Police Service Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Sheridon Hill, gave assurances there will be a heightened police presence across the country.

“The respective crime plans vary from division to division, and within divisions, depending on the peculiar circumstances of each division,” he stated.  “Further details of those crime plans will be revealed by the Senior Superintendents of the in charge of the nine divisions and branches.”

The Northern Division, in collaboration with the Arima Municipal Police, is expected to present its crime plan for the Arima division tomorrow, Friday November 19th.

Important safety tips

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Two women walk hand- in- hand with their shopping bags along High Street, San Fernando, in August 2021.

ASP Sheridon Hill also shared a few safety tips:

■   Ensure your house number is visible from the street so emergency vehicles can easily locate your home.

■   Use sturdy padlocks, and don’t release the key until the padlock is properly locked.

■   If someone tries to break into your home while you are inside, immediately call the police hotlines at 999, 555, or 800-4877.

■   Teach your children never to divulge information about whether or not an adult is at home.

■   Create or join a neighbourhood watch group. Contact the Neighbourhood Watch Group Organisation at 683-5311

■   Be cautious at stop lights and intersections.  Keep your vehicle in gear and if you feel threatened, blow your horn and drive away.

■   While walking, if you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, move to the nearest group of people, or shout out for help.

■   While driving, if you suspect you are being followed, proceed to the nearest police station.  Any observations you make will be helpful to the police in their investigation of your report.

■   DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

■   Be aware of your surroundings. Do not overload yourself.  Keep your hands free so you can defend yourself, if necessary.

■   An unlocked vehicle, or one left with the keys in the ignition, is an open invitation to car thieves.  Lock up whenever you leave your car and take the keys with you.

■   Stay alert and be aware of these potential distractions: children, cell phone conversations and texting; walking or jogging with headphones; putting on makeup; and a stranger engaging you in conversation.

New recruitments on hold, temporarily

Batch 1 of 2021, SQUAD A-C of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, entering the Gymnasium for their graduation ceremony, in November 2021. (Image courtesy TTPS)

Meanwhile ASP Hill says although the Police Service’s recruitment of new police officers has been put on hold for the time being, those applications that already have been submitted are being processed.

“We have applications that are being processed.  Persons who have applied and are going through the process are still going through the process,” he explained.  “So it is similar to the Certificate of Character service.”

“It is not that we are not recruiting.  While there is a temporary halt on new recruitments, we are still processing applications.  We have a number of persons who are waiting and going through the process. So that continues,” he added.

ASP Hill says currently, there are persons visiting the Police Training Academy and undergoing the recruitment process. 

Citizens interested in joining the Police Service and the Special Reserve Police (SRP) Service are reminded that the recruitment age ranges between 18 and 35 years.  Educational requirements for the Police are a minimum of five O’Levels; three O’Levels for Special Reserve Police (SRP) Service.