China Gives Police 200 Motorcycles

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THE Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is being given the best possible tools and equipment to do its job.

This from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley who was speaking at the handing over ceremony of 200 motorcycles to the TTPS by the Government of China.

The function took place on Wednesday at the Police Academy, Samaan Drive in St James.

Prime Minster Dr Keith Rowley, second right, cuts the ribbon at the official handing over ceremony of 200 motorcycles from China. Photo: Courtesy TTPS

Delivering the feature address, Rowley said crime fight­ing and the re­sponse to the crim­i­nal el­e­ment is a mul­ti­fac­eted as­sign­ment and that there is no one of­fice that has the so­lu­tion.

“There are a se­ries of things that need to be done all at once and on a sus­tained ba­sis if safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty are to be at the lev­el that the pop­u­la­tion re­quires and to bring about the com­fort that the pop­u­la­tion needs,” he said.

Police officers take a ride on the new bikes. Photo: Courtesy TTPS

Rowley said, “We see these bikes not as dec­o­ra­tion, not as traf­fic guiders for high of­fi­cials, we see these bikes in the po­lice ser­vice as the abil­i­ty of the of­fi­cers to move quick­ly through com­mu­ni­ties on an on­go­ing ba­sis bring­ing about a re­sponse time which will be sig­nif­i­cant­ly im­proved.”

Fif­teen of­fi­cers re­ceived train­ing in Chi­na on the mo­tor­cy­cles which are equipped with GPS and video tech­nol­o­gy.

Also present were Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young, Am­bas­sador to the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Chi­na, Song Yu­min and Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice, Gary Grif­fith.

Yumin said the donation highlighted the bilateral defence and law enforcement cooperation between TT and China.

Griffith said the motorcycles will be deployed across Trinidad and Tobago in a very strategic manner.


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