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Prison officers in Trinidad on high alert following threats

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 9:38 AM
Trinidad's National Security Minister, Stuart Young - Contributed photo.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – National Security Minister Stuart Young said that national security law enforcement and intelligence agencies are on high alert after threatening messages had been posted on social media calling for the killing of “any two (prison) officers”.

In a statement, Young assured that the safety and security of prison officers remain a top priority for his Ministry.

He said he wanted to “strongly” denounce the “circulation of threatening messages being made against prison officers” and was assuring “that all national security law enforcement and intelligence agencies are on high alert and are working cohesively to support the safety of prison officers.”

Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson, has urged prison officers to exercise caution and vigilance especially when off-duty, noting also that security agencies were now on high alert and directives have been put in place.

Wilson said security would also be provided to officers who live in what are deemed ‘high risk’ areas.

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