The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) visited the North-Eastern village of Blanchisseuse today to explain to residents of the re-purposing of the Blanchisseuse Police Station.
Ag Senior Superintendent Winston Maharaj, Head of the North Eastern Division, met with residents of several communities – Blanchisseuse, La Fillette, Morne La Croix and Brasso Seco to discuss some of their concerns as it relates to the future of Blanchisseuse Police Station.
The meeting was held at the Blanchisseuse Community Centre, Blanchisseuse.
He stated that the Blanchisseuse Police Station will not be closed, but instead there will be a realignment, repurposing, and redeployment of officers.
In a TTPS media release, Vice Chairman of the Blanchisseuse Community Council, Phillips Radix, welcomed the TTPS officers, and said the community was concerned about rumours that Blanchisseuse Police Station would be closed.
In his address to the community, Ag Senior Superintendent Maharaj said he was pleased to correct the misinformation which was spreading throughout the community.
Maharaj said the TTPS will be bringing the police closer to the community as this would make the officers accessible and visible, with more patrols as TTPS bridges the gap between police and their communities.
Ag. Snr Supt Maharaj also informed the community that traditional services like reporting of offences will remain at the station. The community, he added, can still dial 999 and get a response. He also spoke of the online reporting of crimes.
He called on the community to disregard any misinformation as it relates to the TTPS’ strategic plan for the repurposing and realignment of police stations.
Maharaj said the TTPS was “in no way intending to remove the police stations from your community and we look forward to partnering with the community as realignment and repurposing changes will come into effect in 2021.”
Also in attendance were Ag. Superintendent Sherma Maynard- Wilson, Ag ASP Anderson Pariman, executives of La Fillette, Morne La Croix, and Brasso Seco Community Councils and officers of the North-Eastern Division.