The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service and the Correctional Service of Canada sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cover the sharing of information and expertise, including the provision of technical assistance and training. L to R – Commissioner of Prisons, Dennis Pulchan; Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds M.P.; and High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Kumar Gupta. The Signing Ceremony took place on Wednesday 26 January 2022, at the Ministry of National Security’s Office at Tower C, International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain. (Image courtesy Ministry of National Security)

Trinidad and Tobago and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see more cooperation between the prison services of both countries.  The MOU covers the sharing of information and expertise, including the provision of technical assistance and training.

A release from the Ministry of National Security explains the MOU was signed between the Correctional Service of Canada and the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, on Wednesday 26 January 2022. 

Commissioner of Prisons Mr. Dennis Pulchan, signed on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.  Witnessing the signing were National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds M.P and High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Kumar Gupta.

Commissioner of Prisons, Dennis Pulchan signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service and the Correctional Service of Canada. Witnessing the signing are: Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds M.P. (centre), and High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Kumar Gupta. The Signing Ceremony took place on Wednesday 26 January 2022, at the Ministry of National Security’s Office at Tower C, International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain. (Image courtesy Ministry of National Security)

According to the Ministry, the signing of the MOU marks another step in the strengthening of relations and the partnership between both countries in the field of Corrections, which continues to contribute meaningfully to domestic, regional and international security.

Minister Hinds, High Commissioner Gupta and Commissioner Pulchan reinforced their commitment to furthering the collaborative relationship between the two countries, to expedite the local process of Restorative Justice.

Also in attendance were Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry of National Security, Nataki Atiba-Dilchan; Deputy Commissioners of Prisons (Ag.) Deopersad Ramoutar, Sherwin Bruce and Hayden Forde; and Deputy Director, International Affairs Unit, Ministry of National Security, Major (Ret’d) Richard Lynch.