Cops to receive training on trade-based money laundering

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith met with Programme Officer of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yevheniy Umanets.

The meeting took place at the Office of the Police Commissioner on Monday at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

The discussion surrounded the provision of practical training through a mock investigation exercise involving officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Financial Investigations Branch (FIB), Customs and Excise Division, the Financial Intelligence Unit and other relevant stakeholders on Trade-Based
Money Laundering (TBML).

Personnel will receive training in the development of investigative materials to assist officers in investigations, the provision of legal drafting and support in cases, as well as the delivery of training in cryptocurrency. 

The proposed training project for Trinidad and Tobago is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2020 and will target the middle management in relevant agencies and those persons responsible for training junior officers.

A proposed regional training is carded for 2021 in Barbados, targeting senior officers.

Also present at the meeting were Superintendent Wendell Lucas and ASP  Richard Taylor of the TTPS FIB and Chair of the National Anti- Money Laundering Committee, Vyana Sharma.

This meeting formed a part of Umanets’ visit to all beneficiary countries of the UNODC funded programme on TBML.