September 15, 2021: The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain is hosting a virtual training on advanced homicide investigation techniques with detectives from the Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) and 30 officers from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Homicide Bureau.
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.
Participants will learn 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.
Acting Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob said, “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.”
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. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore said, “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.”