FILE PHOTO – A crime scene investigator photographs evidence at a murder scene.

Some 30 law enforcement officials in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) currently are sharpening their investigative skills when it comes to homicide, as they participate in advanced training in homicide investigation techniques with detectives from the Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), and facilitated by the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain.

The Embassy hosted a special virtual training session for 30 officers from the TTPS’ Homicide Bureau on Wednesday September 15th. 

A release from the U.S. Embassy explains that the Advanced Homicide Investigation Program, which runs September 13-24, aims to increase the ability of the TTPS to identify and investigate homicides, including gang-related homicides, through training and mentoring. 

“The training further develops a long-standing relationship between the PBSO and the TTPS Homicide Bureau, building upon the initial PBSO-TTPS homicide investigations training in June 2018,” the Embassy points out.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore observed that since 2016, the United States Government has contributed over US$10 million in security assistance to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to improve citizen security, strengthen the rule of law, and combat transnational organized crime. 

“It is a priority for the United States to help increase citizen security in Trinidad and Tobago.  This Advanced Homicide Investigation Program training reflects that commitment and will develop the capacity of the TTPS to investigate and deter violent crime and dismantle criminal gangs and organized crime groups,” Mr Moore stated.

“This course could not have come at a better time.  At the moment, we are grappling with some homicides which are gang related.  But I am confident with the experience and professionalism of members of the Homicide Bureau, we will be able to solve some of them in the shortest possible time,” Acting Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob said, commenting on the current training programme.

Training participants are learning how to conduct competent and complete homicide and death investigations; identify indicators of gang involvement in homicides; improve techniques for conducting investigations in communities reluctant to engage with police; and increase intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities.