IIJ Investigations Initiative: Investigative Capacity Building in Trinidad and Tobago

Starting Date2018-09-10 Ending Date2018-09-21 Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

From 10 – 21 September 2018, the IIJ convened Phase 2 of its bespoke investigative capacity building program in Trinidad and Tobago under the IIJ’s Core Investigations Initiative.

Throughout this project, the IIJ has served as a delivery/implementing partner for a security-related Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the British High Commission in the Port of Spain. This phase of the initiative addresses a number of key priorities, including national security architecture, as well as investigations and legal capacity-building.

The Phase 2 event was opened by Commodore Hayden Pritchard, Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Oversee the Implementation and the Coordination of the Counter Terrorism Strategy of Trinidad and Tobago and National Counter Terrorist Initiatives. Among the priority counterterrorism objectives discussed, included:

  • strengthening regional and international partnerships to combat terrorism;
  • signing of an MOU on security cooperation with the United Kingdom;
  • developing and implementing a strategic policy framework on terrorism;
  • strengthening of intelligence coordination at all levels;
  • increasing efforts to combat terrorism financing;
  • reviewing and amending domestic legislation, such as the recent Anti-Terrorism Act amendment; and
  • security sector capacity-building in key areas of the security sector.

IIJ Senior Investigations Advisor, Mr. Joe Connell, then led a highly experienced Advisory Team, comprised of strategic, intelligence, evidence and legal advisers, to deliver a ten-day interactive and multi-agency counter terrorism investigation and prosecution training exercise. Parallel strategic support was provided through interaction with Trinidad and Tobago’s National Minister of Security Hon. Stuart Young, Attorney General Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffiths, and the Director General of the Strategic Services Agency.

The dynamic and successful event produced twenty practical and substantive recommendations for Trinidad’s national counter terrorism strategy and ways to improve interagency capacities to counter terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad.

Further legal capacity building is scheduled to take place in December 2018, which will include a leading CT-experienced judge and prosecutors supporting judicial, prosecution and defence efforts in Trinidad & Tobago.


For more information on this event, please email Joe Connell.