T&T: US govt donates $20,000 worth equipments to prison services

T&T: US govt donates $20,000 worth equipments to prison services
T&T: US govt donates $20,000 worth equipments to prison services

Trinidad and Tobago receives riot gear and new canine kennels USD$20,000. This donation was given by Shante Moore US Chargé d’Affaires for the assistance in Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.

At the Youth Training Facility, Golden Grove Road, Aroucathe donation was accepted by Dennis Pulchan, Commissioner of Prisons.

Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service had developed one of the best canines programmes in Trinidad and Tobago. US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement supported the services due to which the kennels are being renewed, which allowed the prisons to comply with the INL’s strict animal welfare policies.

New puppies would be kept in the newly renovated kennels. The puppies that would be born under the new self-funded working canine breeding program. Before this, the service was being challenged by the issue of a shortage of sufficient adult dogs that would be needed for various operations.

The riot gear was initially purchased for prison officers participating in the annual INL-funded mock prison riot in the United States. However, that training was postponed due to the pandemic.

Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires, while observing a working canine display, said, “The United States relationship with Trinidad and Tobago is further strengthened with this type of support. I was impressed by the canine exercise display, so I know today’s donation will enhance the prison service’s ability to perform its duties more efficiently. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on initiatives that advance our shared security and law enforcement goals.”

The United States government In expressing his gratitude for their continued partnership with the Commissioner, Pulchan said, “With US support, the prison service has developed a canine unit that stands second to none, enabling us to manage our prison system and effectively contribute to crime-fighting efforts across Trinidad and Tobago. We are grateful for the United States’ support to the professionalization of the prison service over the years.”