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Serious Crime Re-Emergence Sparks Special National Security Meeting


National Security Council Meeting being convened on Monday, June 12.

The recent spate of gun murders has sparked the National Council to convene a special meeting on Monday, June 12.


Acting Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams, who co-chaired the meeting with Premier Hon. Washington Misick, announced the meeting on her Instagram feed.


“A special meeting of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Security Council was co-chaired by myself and the Premier on Monday June 12, 2023 in response to recent serious crimes. The Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday June 11, 2023, sadly recorded its 6th homicide in 2023,” the acting governor wrote.


Extending condolences to the victims’ family, Acting Governor Williams assured the public that government would leave no stones unturned to get to the those responsible for the senseless killings.

“It was agreed that the RTCIPF (Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force) will immediately commence additional surveillance and will undertake a review of their current deployment,” the acting governor wrote.


She added: “Within the next seven days, seven highly experienced officers will be deployed to our Tactical Team and two experienced officers to our operational response team.


“Within the next 12 days we will welcome back to the TCI our 18 now trained police recruits that will graduate from the Bahamas Police Training School on June 22nd, following six months of extensive training. These officers will immediately be deployed to different areas of the force upon their return to boost our current capacity.”


She said that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Team, assisted by UK investigators, will continue their inquiries into gun-slayings dating back to 2022.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year-old hospitality worker Erod Chaute of Five Cays. It is believed Chaute was leaving work when he was attacked by unknown assailants.


The latest murder to take place in the TCI, according to the police, is that of 22-year-old hospitality worker Erod Chaute of Five Cays, who was shot and killed on Sunday night at 11:56 pm. In the Bight. He was attacked by his assailants as he left work and entered his car.


On Wednesday, 25-year-old Karo Outten was shot and killed while in a car on the premises of an auto parts store and tire shop along the South Dock Main Road.


On Sunday, May 7, police, after being alerted, stumbled upon the decomposing of Haitian national Edrin Siffard, of Five Cays. Later examination of the body proved that the victim died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.


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