Haiti: Turks and Caicos Islands

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 9 May 2024.

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Labour, Cardiff North

To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2024 to Question 23264 on Haiti: Turks and Caicos Islands, how many additional specialist police officers have been recruited by the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2024.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Constitutionally, national security is a reserved responsibility. Operational policing matters, including recruitment, is the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police who is appointed by the Governor. The new Commissioner of Police took up post in April 2024 and is driving forward an active recruitment campaign to build capability and capacity. The FCDO has continued to provide support to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) funding a team of privately contracted specialist serious crime investigators since 2022. The FCDO increased support to the RTCIPF this year, with five extra investigators and four firearms officers currently in territory. The FCDO are also supporting the RTCIPF through a variety of specialist training (including investigations, use of force, data and intelligence) and additional equipment to support efforts to combat serious crime (including new capabilities on digital forensics, body-worn cameras, drones and radar CCTV).

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