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History

How we began

In 1959…
The Ministry of National Security was first known as the Ministry of Home Affairs. This Ministry evolved from the Colonial System of Government and was inaugurated in June 1959. The Ministry of Home Affairs was given the responsibility for the administration of:

1. The Police Service
2. The Social Services Department (Public Assistance, Old Age, the Co-operative Department and Community Development)
3. The Immigration Service
4. The District Administration Services
5. The Cadet Corps Movement
6. The Government Printery

In 1961…

Following the 1961 General Elections, the portfolios assigned to the Ministry of Home Affairs were amended to include:

The Maintenance of law and order and the administration of the Police Force (now the Police Service)
The administration of the Probation and the Prison Services
The administration of the Immigration Services
The administration of the Cadet Corps Movement
The issue of Marriage Licences and Missionary Permits
Advising the Governor General on the exercise of Mercy.

The Ministry was no longer responsible for:

1. The Social Services Department (Public Assistance, Old Age, the Co-operative Department and Community Development)
2. The District Administration Services
3. The Government Printery

In 1962…

The attainment of Independence in 1962 served as a catalyst for the Organisation to focus on the following new services as dictated by the Constitution:

a) The Defence Force:
 
    The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment
     The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
b)  The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service

In 1970…

The Probation Department was removed from the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of National Security. The Ministry of National Security now included the following Divisions:

1. General Administration
2. Immigration Division
3. Strategic Services Agency
4. Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force
5. Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre
6. National Emergency Management Agency
7. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
8. Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service
9. National Security Council Secretariat
10. Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
11. Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service

In 1979…

The Joint Services Staff College was established in recognition of the need to upgrade the efficiency of the Protective Services in the context of the rapidly changing social and political environment and was added to the Ministry of National Security portfolio.

In 2001…

The Joint Services Staff College was removed from the Ministry of National Security.