Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Port of Spain

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Port of Spain

July 23, 2018

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that Trinidad and Tobago Police Service security will be limited for the planned “Walk for Peace” led by the Christian Union Church of the Caribbean scheduled to take place today, July 23, 2018.  The walk is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. along the streets of St. James into Waterhole, Cocorite.  The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has informed the Embassy that it will be unable to provide adequate security to participants for the entire duration of the walk because the police detail providing security for the walk will be reduced at 6:30 p.m. due to another commitment.

Note, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

The Embassy has no additional information regarding this situation but reminds U.S. citizens to review personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Important emergency telephone numbers in Trinidad and Tobago:

Police                                       999

Fire                                          990

Ambulance                             811

Private Ambulance                 694-2404

 For further information about security in Trinidad and Tobago:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain located at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain at868 622 6371
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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