1. Staff Training
An interactive training workshop was conducted for members of the Investigations and Legal Departments on February 26, 2013 and was facilitated by Robert (Bob) Bland. The training session was titled:
A Police Officer’s Right to be Heard BUT When, Where and with Whom
Mr. Bland was previously attached to the International Division of the Crown Prosecutors Service in the United Kingdom and was the Criminal Justice Advisor to Trinidad and Tobago. He was also the Case Work Manager for the Organised Crime Division of the Crown Prosecutors Service of England and Wales, and has conducted extensive prosecution of Police Officers, Members of Parliament, Lawyers and Local Councillors.
2. Staff Training
International Assistance for the PCA
A 2 day workshop was conducted by Staff Sergeant Kevin O’Bleins of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on interviewing techniques, major case management and other matters as listed in the detailed text below. This workshop was conducted over the period 4th and 5th June 2013. Mr. O’Blein was accompanied by Ms. Moira MacDaid, the Criminal Justice Advisor to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Crown Prosecution Service, U.K. and Ms. Wendy Curzon of the British High Commission in T.&T.
In an effort to bolster its capabilities to provide more secure and confidential facilities, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) hosted Staff Sergeant Kevin O’ Blenis of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for a two day workshop. Mr. O’Blenis has a career in law enforcement in Canada, which spans forty years. He is presently attached to the Behavioral Sciences Branch- Truth Verification Section (polygraph) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The two day workshop, which focused on interviewing techniques, major case management, how to execute a search warrant and conduct a search on someone suspected in cybercrime and the fundamentals of logging data for case management was conducted with staff of the Investigations Department and the Legal Counsel and Complaints Unit on June 5, 2013.
Mr. O’ Blenis was in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Criminal Justice Advisor Project. This project is part of a tripartite agreement between the Canadian Government, which also funds the project, The Crown Prosecution Service of the United Kingdom, represented by Ms. Moira MacDaid and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Director of the PCA, Gillian Lucky, on the first day of the presentation stated the critical importance to the PCA in upholding the public’s trust and confidence that information supplied to the PCA or unearthed through it’s internal investigations is strictly confidential and that this must be upheld. O’ Blenis added that the PCA must ensure that its interview rooms and facilities provide persons with this assurance that when divulging details of their confidential matters, these details are not compromised.
3. Meeting between the PCA & the Divisional Heads
Meeting between the Police Complaints Authority & the Divisional Heads (the Commanders and second in Command) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) at Police Headquarters on Wednesday 9th October, 2013.