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EX MET POLICE COMMANDER APPOINTED NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER IN TURK AND CAICOS ISLANDS

James-SmithA new Commissioner has been appointed to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), it was announced by the Governor, HE Peter Beckingham, today Wednesday 10 December.

James Smith will take up the position in charge of the 280 officers and staff of the RTCIPF in February 2015, following the conclusion of the contract of his predecessor, Canadian Colin Farquhar.

"I am delighted that we have secured the agreement of Jim Smith to take over as the next Police Commissioner this February.  He brings the most senior experience from both the UK and Caribbean,  having been an Assistant and Deputy Chief Constable in the UK, and was previously also Acting Police Commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service"  said Governor Peter Beckingham, who approves all senior public appointments in the Territory.

"He was  a Commander in London’s Metropolitan Police Service, where he was  involved in the response to the London terrorist bombings, and introduced neighbourhood policing, a concept which we might usefully further develop here. He was also a senior officer in the Scottish police. His experience makes him a first class leader to take forward the men and women of the RTCIPF into the next stage of their professional and organisational development."

The Governor also paid tribute to the outgoing Commissioner. "I would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognise the contribution of Commissioner Colin Farquhar to policing here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which continues to benefit from one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean and is widely recognised  as a largely safe and welcoming destination for our residents and visitors. I wish him well as he resumes his policing career in Canada".

Commenting on his appointment James Smith said; “It is a tremendous honour to be appointed Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. I believe that my experiences in the UK and overseas have a lot to offer my new RTCIPF colleagues, and I look forward to discussing with them their ideas as to how we can use this knowledge and practical experience to serve all the communities across the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The RTCIPF Commissioner role was advertised locally, regionally  and internationally. It attracted a field of nearly 30 applicants. Six candidates were shortlisted and interviewed by a panel comprising the Governor,  Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, Attorney General, Cheryl Astwood-Tull, Chair, Human Rights Commission, and Larry Covington, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Regional Security Adviser to the Caribbean Overseas Territories and a former UK police officer. They made a unanimous decision to appoint Jim Smith.

Teen arrested after police assaulted – Blue Hills

Wednesday, 01st October 2014 8:08AM

Police have arrested a 17 year old male after a police Sergeant was allegedly assaulted at a school in Blue Hills yesterday.

At approximately 2:40PM (Tuesday 30 September 2014), police attached at the said school  received information that a male who is not a student of that school allegedly trespassed on school property. Police and security officers approached the said male and he began to run away. A police Sergeant gave chase and upon catching up with the male, the officer arrested him on suspicion of Trespass.

While taking the said male back to the school, it is alleged that the Sergeant was punched several times to his head, which resulted in a wound above his left eye. Officers nearby on patrol assisted the Sergeant and subdued the male. The teen was arrested for Wounding, Malicious Damage to Property, Trespass and Resisting Arrest. He was taken to Chalk Sound Police Station and remains in police custody pending further investigations.

The injured male officer was taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment of a head injury and later released.

About 3:05PM, while officers were still on scene, it was observed by at least one of the officers that a fifteen year old student of the said school in Blue Hills was throwing stones at a marked police vehicle. Officers observed that the said vehicle had a dent on the front right door frame. The accused was then arrested on suspicion of Malicious Damage to Property and Throwing missiles. He was taken to Chalk Sound Police Station and later given police bail to return on a later date while investigations continue.

Police officer arrested on suspicion of Arson - Providenciales

Sunday, 28th September 2014 10:11:43AM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) have arrested a 24 year old male police officer in connection with the arson at the Chalk Sound Police Station that destroyed a police SUV and two other vehicles on Friday morning.

On Friday, 26 September 2014 at 1:30AM, the Provisdenciales Fire Department was called to assist police on the scene of an arson following reports of multiple fires at the Chalk Sound police station.

Investigators have gathered evidence, conducted numerous interviews, and executed search warrants. A 24 year old male police officer emerged as a person of interest in the course of the investigation and was susbsequnetly arrested on Saturday, 27 September.  

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pedning the continuation of this investigation.

Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call Chalk Sound police station at 941-8083.

To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS)

Constable Hinson charged with Setting Fire to a Building- Providenciales

Tuesday, 30th September 2014 4:25:14PM

After a thorough investigation by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), the charge of “Setting Fire to a Building” and four counts of Malicious Injuries to Property have been laid against 24-year-old Police Constable Mikhail Hinson of Kew Town, Providenciales. The charges are relating to a fire incident at Chalk Sound Police Station, which occurred on Friday September 26, 2014.

Hinson is presently remanded in Police custody for his appearance in the Magistrate’s Court in Providenciales tomorrow (Wednesday October 01st). The Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner is expected to read the charges to Hinson but he will not be required  to enter a plea as the charges are indictable offenses.

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Nathan Missick charged with Kidnapping and Indecent Assault - Providenciales

After a thorough investigation by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), the charges of Kidnapping and two counts of Indecent Assault has been laid against 24-year-old Nathan Missick of Providenciales. The charges are relating to an incident which occurred in The Bight on Saturday August 30, 2014.

Mr. Missick is presently on bail for his appearance in the Supreme Court in Grand Turk for a sufficiency hearing on Friday November 07th.

Police officer arrested on suspicion of Wounding

Wednesday, 24th September 2014 5:01:14PM

The Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is presently investigating an incident which occurred on Tuesday September 23rd 2014 at police headquarters involving a 22 year old male in custody and a police officer.

The officer has been arrested on suspicion of Wounding and is presently on bail to return at a later date while investigations continue into this matter.

The officer has also been placed on administrative leave.