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40 guns disappear from state agency

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN (CMC):

The Trinidad and Tobago police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the disappearance of 40 high-powered guns from the Forensic Science Centre (FSC).

"With regard to the stolen guns at Forensic, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has launched an investigation and as soon as we make progress with that investigation, I will let the media know," Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams told CMC.

The guns reportedly disappeared between 2013 and July 2014 and Williams said the Forensic Centre, on the outskirts of the capital, was responsible for their safe keeping.

"The director of the FSC is the person responsible and FSC is not a department of the Police Service," Williams said, adding "sometimes you listen to the media and it is rather unfair because everything that happens in the country, it seems to be the Police Service, but Forensics is under the Ministry of Justice and not part of the TTPS. It is an agency that assists the TTPS and provides a service to the TTPS.

"I don't want to speak on the issue of how Forensics is run, and I have a concern about the firearms getting out of the Forensic Science Centre into the hands of criminals, and that's where my concern will be, because the Police Service is all about getting the firearms out of the hands of criminals, and to see firearms which have been taken out of the hands of criminals returning to the hands of the criminal element is a major concern to me."

Williams said that following the investigations, the police are likely to make "recommendations for the improvement of keeping the guns safe and what can we do about security with regard to items stored at Forensics".