A special proceeds of crime seminar that furthered the capabilities of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) authorities took place on Saturday.
Organised by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the one day course was led by Andrew Mitchell QC, assisted by Helen Garlick and Rob Rinder, and covered topics including restraint orders, seizure, confiscation and civil recovery.
Attendees also included TCI public prosecutors, the Attorney General's Chambers crown counsel, the TCI Integrity Commission and special investigations and prosecution team (SIPT) staff.
Three units from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) attended the training course – its criminal investigation department (CID), financial crimes and financial investigations units.
The director of public prosecutions, JoAnn Meloche, acknowledged acting attorney general Rhondalee Knowles and commissioner of police Colin Farquhar for their support in the continuing professional development of those in the public service.
“It was an informative and engaging presentation with a view to the consistent enforcement of proceeds of crime legislation," said Meloche.
Acting attorney general, Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, welcomed Chambers' participation in practical training from some of the UK’s leading counsel.
She said, “Civil recovery is a necessary consideration for the attorney general as civil recovery authority in all cases where property is involved and which otherwise cannot be prosecuted by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.”