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Date:  1/21/2011 
Since 2003, Trinidad and Tobago has assigned four officers to work at the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) Secretariat. Overall, in terms of financial and human resource support, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has contributed more than U.S. $1,000,000.00 to CICTE from 2003 to present. Trinidad and Tobago held the Chair of CICTE from 2005 to 2006, hosting the Fifth Regular Session in Port of Spain in 2005. During its chairmanship Trinidad and Tobago established new policy directions that have brought Caribbean concerns for multidimensional security to the forefront of the hemispheric counter-terrorism agenda. Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment to fight terrorism is evident in its annual contribution to CICTE.

On December 02 2006, Trinidad and Tobago became the 16th state within the OAS to ratify the Inter American Convention against Terrorism. The Convention spells out the standards required to determine whether a person is a suspected terrorist and requires all measures carried out under its banner be implemented with full respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has continued its efforts to implement various measures to enhance border security and ultimately strengthen the capacity of the country in the fight against terrorism.
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Date:  1/21/2011 

Since 2007, there has been a steady decline in reported cases because of Government’s intensified anti-kidnapping efforts made possible through the implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s integrated national security and public safety policy agenda. These efforts included the building of the specialist investigative capabilities, augmentation of the human resource base and the modernization of physical infrastructure and operating environment within national security.
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Date:  1/21/2011 
In June 2009, the Draft National Cyber Security Strategy and the Strategic Plan for Information Security (SPIS) were reviewed and these two documents were incorporated to develop a comprehensive National Security Strategy. Government approval is currently being sought for the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee comprising representatives from several Ministries and agencies managing critical infrastructure and information assets that can be affected by any disruption or breach of information security

The Citizen Security Programme (CSP) is an initiative of the Ministry of National Security whose objective is that of contributing to the reduction in crime and violence in 22 ‘high needs’ pilot communities in Trinidad and Tobago, through the financing of preventative interventions addressing the most proximal and modifiable risks. The general aim of the CSP is to contribute to the reduction of crime and violence in 22 high crime communities. It focuses on young people between the ages of 7 to 24 to ensure that the greatest impact is achieved
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Date:  1/21/2011 
The illicit trafficking in drugs is the most visible form of serious crime in Trinidad and Tobago. This country is in support of the hemispheric commitment to address this problem. In April 2007, Trinidad and Tobago re-affirmed its commitment to CICAD by approving an annual contribution of US $20,000 to assist the Executive Secretariat in delivering its work program. This country also works with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and adheres to international counter-narcotics agreements.

The Government is also pursuing both supply and demand reduction initiatives in the form of:

-Inter-agency collaboration
-Capacity Building
-Border Control Initiatives
-Information and Intelligence Sharing
-Public Awareness
-Substance Abuse and Diagnostic Studies
-Standardization of Operations of Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres
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Date:  1/21/2011 
Measures to combat illicit arms trafficking include:
-Improved naval law enforcement with the posting of additional officers at the various ports
-The acquisition of maritime assets for interception of sea vessels suspected of transporting illegal commodities (Off Shore Patrol Vessels) and interceptors
-The installation of a radar system to inter alia, monitor air and sea crafts entering and exiting the territory of Trinidad and Tobago
-The merging of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Bureau with the Firearms Interdiction Unit in 2004, to form the Organized Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau
-Amendment of the Firearms Act by the Firearms Amendment Acts of 2004 and 2006 to allow for stricter penalties for those breaching the law
-Consideration of the reintroduction of a Police Marine Branch Public Education

In May 2009, Trinidad and Tobago signed the E-Trace Agreement with the United States. eTrace is a web based communication system which utilizes the internet to send requests to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for searches of firearms connected with ongoing criminal investigations (“crime guns”), as well as firearms which are found or recovered by law enforcement officers.

Analysis of the firearms trace data can assist in the identification of firearms trafficking patterns and geographic profiling for criminal hot spots and possible sources of illicit firearms. Local law enforcement agencies will be able to effectively use the eTrace firearms trace information platform as an investigative strategy for the reduction of firearms-related crime and violence.
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Date:  1/21/2011 
In respect to Trinidad and Tobago’s domestic legislative framework, the following Bills have been drafted as a step forward in satisfying the FATF recommendations:

a) The Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill 2009. This Bill amends the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and some of the FATF recommendations are satisfied by this Bill. It is more robust than the existing POCA as the range of offences which it captures and the scope of entities which it now targets is wider. It also creates the offence of money laundering and provides for mutual assistance and the sharing of information between and among states.

b)The Financial Obligations Regulations. These regulations are made by the Minister under section 56 of the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill. These Regulations codify the existing guidelines issued to financial institutions by the Central Bank and incorporate many of the FATF recommendations. Many of these recommendations speak to “know your customer rules”, due diligence and the reporting requirements for financial institutions in respect of large, complex and unusual transactions, as well as cash transactions above a particular limit.

c)The Financial Intelligence Unit Bill 2009. This Bill creates a unit to which financial institutions submit SARs. The Unit is deemed to be the designated authority under POCA. Its function includes analyzing and disseminating information in respect of SARs to the relevant law enforcement authority. The Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill 2009 and the Financial Intelligence Unit Bill 2009 were both laid in Parliament. In respect of Terrorist Financing, the office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) are in the process of drafting an amendment to the Terrorism Act.
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Date:  1/21/2011 
Trinidad and Tobago has adopted a two-pronged approach to the gang problem:

-The deterrence of socially displaced/vulnerable persons, through an array of social
-Programmes such as skills-enhancement and assistance programs for the unemployed.
-The augmentation of law enforcement capabilities chiefly through the creation of the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) with a view to reduce gang activities and gang violence nationwide.
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Date:  4/27/2010 

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