THE US Embassy has donated counterfeit currency detection machines, riot gear kits and computer hardware to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.
This to help provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment, a statement from the US Embassy noted.
It said it was pleased to play a role in enhancing the ability of the prison service to not only respond to emergencies but also to track the criminal networks that attempt to continue their activities from behind prison walls.
The handover from Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson took place at the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service’s Administrative Offices in Port-of-Spain.
The riot gear kits were provided to the Prison Service Emergency Response Unit, whose officers also recently attended a US Department of State-sponsored “Mock Prison Riot” training exercise in West Virginia, the release pointed out.
The computer hardware will host software that will allow the Prison Service to better identify and track the criminal networks active in the prisons, the embassy noted.
Meanwhile, the Minister of National Security Stuart Young received a courtesy call on Friday from United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission David Richelsoph, at the Ministry of National Security’s Head Office on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young, right, meets United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission David Richelsoph. Photo: Ministry of National Security.
A release from the Ministry of National Security stated that the visit was to introduce Richelsoph who assumed duties at the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain in July.
It stated that Young welcomed Richelsoph to Trinidad and Tobago and underscored his commitment to the furtherance of bilateral security cooperation with the United States of America.
The release stated, “Deputy Chief of Mission Richelsoph expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome as well as the opportunity to advance the working relationship with Trinidad and Tobago on current and future security initiatives.”
According to the release, also present at the meeting were United States Embassy Political and Economic Chief Joseph FitzGerald and Ministry of National Security Deputy Director of International Affairs Retired Major Richard Lynch.