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Chevening Scholar is TCI’s Next Commissioner Of Police

Martin Currently leads the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit as part of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.

File…Edvin Martin




Edvin Martin, who leads the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit is the next Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) Commissioner.

 

The announcement was made on Monday, December 11, by the Officer of the Governor via news release. The newly appointed Commissioner is scheduled to assume his post at the beginning of February 2024, marking the beginning of a new era in the leadership of the RTCIPF.

The appointment, according to the Governor’s Office, comes after a thorough open recruitment campaign that involved a stakeholder panel, a separate community panel, and consultations with Premier Charles Washington Misick.


Martin served as the Chief of Police of the Royal Grenada Police Force until June 2023. The Governor expressed confidence in Martin's ability to lead the RTCIPF with integrity, innovation, and a strong focus on building trust within the community.


“Following a competitive recruitment process, I have appointed Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. Mr Martin brings a strong set of leadership skills and regional operational experience having led the Royal Grenada Police Force. With a distinguished career and commitment to public safety, I am confident that Mr Martin will lead our force with integrity, innovation and a firm focus to build trust with communities across our islands," Governor Her Excellency Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam was quoted as saying, also expressing her gratitude to Martin's predecessor Trevor Botting.


Commenting on his appointment, Martin expressed excitement and optimism about taking on the role of Commissioner. He emphasized his commitment to addressing law enforcement challenges and implementing proactive strategies to ensure the safety and security of both citizens and visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands.


“It is with excitement, I accept this prestigious position to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) as its Commissioner of Police. I look forward with optimism to leading the men and women of the RTCIPF in confronting the law enforcement challenges and applying practical, proactive strategies to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and visitors to the shores of Turks and Caicos Islands.


“I am honoured to take forward this tremendous opportunity to serve the people of this beautiful nation by leading the police force into an era of modern policing. I am fully aware of the dynamic, complex, diverse, and multi-dimensional nature of the local and global criminogenic environment.


“This era demands a police force that must ensure safety and security by working collaboratively with colleague officers, and stakeholders to ensure that communities are free of the fear of crime. Be assured I am committed to delivering on this intention,” Martin said.


In the meantime, the Governor’s Office said Martin brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having served in the police force for an impressive 37 years. Currently, he is leading the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit as part of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.

His background includes a five-year tenure as the Chief of Police in Grenada, and he previously served as the President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.


Additionally, Martin holds a Master's degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Durham University, earned under the UK Chevening Scholarship program in 2016.


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