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Police revamps Community Policing and Cold Case Unit

Friday, 19th September 2014 10:08:54AM

Commissioner Colin Farquhar of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Inspector Hilton Duncan to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) as the officer in charge (OIC) of the Community Policing Program.  

Commr Farquhar stated, “ASP Duncan’s previous experience will certainly help in his new role.  

ASP Duncan will be the program manager and as such will assist the Divisional Commanders in implementing the various police programs, i.e. Community Beat Officers Program, School Liaison Officers, School Patrols, DARE, and community and business meetings.  ASP Duncan will work closely with Public Relations Officer, Special Constable Audley Astwood to help communicate our various initiatives through social media. I am extremely pleased to make this announcement today.”

Commissioner Farquhar also announces the reinstatement of Inspector Daniel Miller to the RTCIPF.  Insp Miller will be assigned to the Cold Case Unit.  Commr Farquhar said, “Insp Miller’s previous experience as the OIC of the Case File Quality Assurance Unit will be extremely helpful in meticulously reviewing these unsolved files.  Insp Miller was selected to work exclusively on the unsolved files.  He cannot and will not be reassigned to any other duties.  His complete focus will be on these files.”  The Cold Case Unit was established in September 2011 by Commr Farquhar.  

Superintendent Grant to attend FBI course in 2015

Inspectorgrant2Wednesday, 11th September 2014 2:55:04PM

Commissioner Colin Farquhar of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is pleased to announce that Superintendent Kendal Grant has been selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in April 2015.

Supt. Grant was nominated by Commr Farquhar and then interviewed by Mr. Bill Nicholson the FBI Ass’t Legal Attaché from the Bahamas before being accepted from a long list of highly qualified candidates.

Supt. Grant, who is the Divisional Commander for Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middles Caicos, will attend the ten-week Senior Executive Strategic Leadership course.

“This is not just an opportunity to increase my knowledge to better fight crime but also an opportunity to network and build partnerships with our overseas collegues”, said Superintendent Grant.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for United States and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Following graduation, Superintendent Grant will have the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 16,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.

The National Academy is specially geared for leaders and managers of police departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state, including USA territories, and over 160 international partner nations.

The National Academy has been in operation since July 29, 1935.

Sudden Death – Down Town Provo

Monday, 25th August 2014 4:44:00 PM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are confirming the death of a male earlier today (Monday August 25th 2014) in the island of Providenciales.

This incident unfolded in the Down Town area behind Gus Lightbourn sports complex.

911 emergency responders assisted persons initially on the scene to administer CPR but were unsuccessful to resuscitate the male.

Medical personnel arrived on scene some time later and were also unable to revive the male.

The male was pronounced dead at 11:15AM

No confirmation has been given as to the cause of death which will not be established until a post mortem has been completed.

The name of the deceased will not be released until all next of kin have been notified.

This death is not being treated as suspicious. The post mortem results will be released at a later date.

Aggravated Burglary and car stolen – Long Bay Hills

Friday, 05th September 2014 11:25:04PM

Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are conducting investigations after a man and his family were robbed at a villa at Long Bay Hills earlier this morning.

About 2:59AM, (Friday, 05th September 2014) a 61 year old male was woken by a loud noise and got out of his bed to investigate the source of the noise. He was immdiately confronted by two masked male intruders dressed in black.

During the incident, one of the masked men struck a 24 year old male on his head with a crowbar and demanded cash.

Both suspects fled the scene in victim’s brown Chevrolet rented car, carrying with them items taken from the villa which included a silver Rolex watch, a Sony Viao Laptop and a black purse containing one credit card and one debit card.

Police searched the area; however, the two masked men were not located.

The villa at the time of the incident was occupied by two males (61 and 24 years old) and two females (59 and 28 years old). The 24 year old male was offered medical treatment but he refused. No one else reported any physical harm during this incident.

Detectives from the RTCIPF are conducting inquiries into the incident are appealing for the public’s help to identify the offenders involved.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. All calls are answered by Miami Dade Police and no one from the RTCIPF will know who called. Only the information received will be provided to the RTCIPF. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

TCI and Bahamas agree new action to curb illegal migration

The Governments of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas have agreed new action to combat illegal immigration, drug smuggling and illegal fishing.

During talks in Nassau between the 28th and 29th July, Governor Peter Beckingham and the Minister for Border Control Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner met with the President of Haiti, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and other Ministers and officials.

The Governments noted and discussed the range of common issues they shared involving illegal migration in the region. They agreed to work more closely together to combat illegal activity in the region. This will include:

  • Greater information and intelligence sharing;
  • Placement of defence or police forces on each others' vessels, and the operation of vessels in each others' countries, including to interdict  illegal migration, drugs and illegal fishing; and
  • Expert training of staff in interdiction methods.

The Governments also agreed that officials from the Ministry and Foreign Affairs and the Royal Bahamas Defence Forces, and the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Border Control, the Police Force and the Governor's Office should consider the possibility of formalising these areas of co-operation in a short Memorandum of Understanding.

On his return to TCI, Governor Beckingham welcomed the positive nature of the talks:

“I am delighted that we had such constructive talks at the invitation of the Bahamian Prime Minister. There was a real willingness on the Bahamian side to consider the value of intelligence sharing as well as the possibility of our defence and police forces operating more closely together.

“These discussions will not bring to an instant halt the risks of illegal migration, but they were serious and positive steps to create a better and more efficient environment for handling the problem.

“I was also encouraged by the openness of President Martelly to consider formalising an agreement between our two countries which would benefit TCI as it deals with the continuing problems of illegal migration from Haiti.”

Minister of Border Control and Labour, Honourable Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner, said:

“Strengthening and deepening our regional partnerships can play a major role in reducing illegal migration to the archipelagos of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Therefore, it is important that we continue to have constructive engagement to ensure that the primary objective of improved border protection and security and the strategy through which this can be achieved, remains a priority. ”

The Turks and Caicos Islands was represented by His Excellency the Governor, Peter Beckingham, and the Honourable Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner, Minister of Border Control and Labour.

The Bahamas Government were represented by, among others, the Honourable Philip Davis MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Philip Miller, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Commodore Bowe, Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and Mr William Pratt, acting director of immigration.