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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 20:43

Dillon gives assurance on PM's security

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National Security Minister, Retired Major General Edmund Dillon, says Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley's security is being handled by a full complement of officers from various branches of National Security.

Speaking with the media after the opening session of the National Security in the Caribbean Conference at the Trinidad Hilton on Tuesday, Minister Dillon responded to questions about the Prime Minister's security detail.

Last Thursday there were reports that the Special Branch officers whose responsibility has been to guard the Prime Minister, President and other key personnel, complained to their union and the Commissioner of Police about the long hours of work involved in working with the Prime Minister. On Friday, the Special Branch officers were replaced with Defence Force personnel.

Minister Dillon said the Prime Minister's protection is important.

"The Defence Force personnel has always been part of the national security element that treats with the Prime Minister and the President's security and they continue so to do. They have always been and continue to be."

The National Security Minister said the situation is ever changing and they are prepared to respond.

"The security environment is always a dynamic environment and one always continues to look and see whether the structure or the agencies are best suited to the task and so it would be a sort of evolving measures. We continue to assess the threat, whether it is on the Prime Minister or the President or in fact the threat throughout Trinidad and Tobago and if there is a reason to change then we will do so. But I can say that right now, the Prime Minister is secured by the agencies of the Ministry of National Security."

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