Several private security firms have been engaged by the Government to carry out mobile patrols in residential communities until May 5th.

Confirmation comes from the Ministry of National Security, who indicates that the firms will be providing a 24-hour service and supporting law enforcement officers.

Following is the full text of a statement the Ministry has released on the matter…

RESIDENTIAL PATROLS IN EFFECT FROM APRIL 06 TO MAY 05, 2020

Port of Spain: The national community is advised that the Ministry of National Security has taken a considered decision to engage four (04) private security firms to provide mobile security patrol services in various residential districts on a 24-hour basis throughout Trinidad during the period April 06 to May 05, 2020, in the first instance. 

This decision was taken in order to support law enforcement officers by providing further patrols and manpower in predetermined areas.

The security firms are:

• Allied Security Limited

• Amalgamated Security Services Limited

• Innovative Security Technologies Limited  

• Protective Agencies Limited  

These companies possess the experience, manpower, technical capacity and competence as well as required information, communications and technology infrastructure to rapidly deploy and sustain the physical presence needed for the duration of their engagement with the Ministry.   

This initiative is being employed in order to enhance the national security response and support recent measures instituted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These patrols shall be conducted in residential communities using marked vehicles and shall maintain real-time communications with the National Operations Fusion Centre (NOFC), which is positioned to effectively and efficiently coordinate a rapid, multi-agency response in keeping with the State’s Whole of Government Approach.      

Members of the public are reminded that the current emergency circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic are dynamic and thereby constantly evolving. As such, the Ministry of National Security will continue to respond to threats to public safety and order by developing, modifying, escalating and/or de-escalating its response as required.

This latest strategy by the Ministry of National Security to engage private security firms, represents one such measure and will effectively increase operational capacity of law enforcement agencies to more swiftly detect and respond to breaches of the law while promoting stricter compliance through public engagement.  

It is to be noted that this initiative will be monitored for quality and its operating parameters adjusted accordingly as necessary.