US Government establishes Gun Intelligence Unit in Trinidad

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US Government establishes Gun Intelligence Unit in Trinidad

A gun intelligence Unit has been established in Trinidad by the United States Government, and according to United States Ambassador to Trini­dad and Tobago Candace Bond it has already been successful with the arrest of a Trinbagonian national and two others who were illegally shipping guns into this country.

She said that crime continues to be a burgeoning issue in Trinidad and Tobago and the United States is working with its partners here to crack down on criminal ­activities.

In May 2022, former acting police commissioner McDonald Jacob had said a lot of weapons entering T&T are coming from North America, such as places like Georgia, ­Baltimore and Florida.

He said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) was working hand in hand with agencies such as the DEA (United States Drug Enforcement Administration), the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to identify the persons who are shipping these firearms to T&T.

Ambassador Bond told the Express Newspaper that the US Department of Homeland Security, Investigations Unit, established a “gun intelligence unit” in late 2022 in Trinidad.

Bond also identified the need to delve into community policing and dealing with the root causes of crime and gangs. The ambassador said she comes from Los Angeles, California, USA, where she worked in the communities with the youth, civil groups and other organisations.