192 Prison Officers Trained in U.S. Sponsored Program

Front row Ambassador Joseph Mondello (third from left), Acting Prisons Commissioner Dane Clarke (fourth from left), and Embassy Political Officer Jason Hammontree (fifth from left), together with senior Prison Service officers and some of the graduates.

Port of Spain, July 19, 2019:  “The U.S. government has learned over decades of providing security assistance around the globe that we must engage with the corrections services in order to have a true impact on a country’s criminal justice system.”

Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello made this statement today as he participated in a ceremony concluding a nine-month training program on basic investigative and interview techniques for Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service Officers.

The ceremony, which included Acting Prison Commissioner Dane Clarke and Deputy Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan, took place at the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service’s Training College in Arima.

Ambassador Mondello also noted, “The United States is pleased to continue our long-standing support to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service as it continues to modernize its operations to protect society and facilitate opportunities for rehabilitation, while maintaining control under safe, secure and humane conditions.”

Over the course of the program, 192 officers received the training, including eight officers who were trained to become instructors, with responsibility for teaching in-service officers and new recruits going forward.  Officers have already utilized their new skills in a number of investigations, leading to multiple successful seizures of contraband.

The training was made possible through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, utilizing funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.