From Intelligent Investigations to Successful Prosecutions Training

Police officers who particpated in the training
Police officers who particpated in the training

Port of Spain December 31, 2014:  Continuing the legacy of state prosecutor and attorney, the late Dana Saroop Seetahal SC, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section recently collaborated with High Court Judge Justice Gillian Lucky and a team of leading attorneys and professionals to train members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

The training focused on conducting “intelligent investigations” and gathering evidence for successful prosecutions.  It began with a discussion on Seetahal’s positive impact in the advancement of Trinidad and Tobago’s criminal justice system.  The training team included David West, Director of the Police Complaints Authority, who addressed investigative techniques for money laundering offences.  Rajiv Persad, a highly accomplished attorney and judge, spoke on the need to reshape the landscape for successful prosecutions.  Dr. Sheila Ram

One of the course facilitators, Justice Gillian Lucky, conducting a session.
One of the course facilitators, Justice Gillian Lucky, conducting a session.

persad addressed the critical role of effective communication in the work and functions of police officers.

The training took place at the Police Academy and concluded in a graduation ceremony on December 13.

The courses are part of a long-term training collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, to strengthen this country’s capacity to investigate and successfully prosecute serious crimes.

One graduating officer from the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB) said the training, “really shifted the paradigm of my thinking in terms of investigations.”

Another officer from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said: “It was a very interesting, interactive and informative course that aroused my sensibilities to forge meaningful action.  The course content can be applied to my everyday duties.”