Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says it is very unfortunate that the Express Newspapers has once again misled the population with its reporting of news.
Referring to an article in today’s Express, headlined, “Gary’s Ignorance”, the Commissioner Griffith notes that the Express reporter sought a comment from someone, instead of contacting the TTPS to confirm that what the CoP said at a media conference last Tuesday, was indeed 100 percent accurate.
He said it was unfortunate that a reporter could allude that persons presently missing could be seen by TTPS as not wanting to be found. “We put all efforts to try to find all missing persons and do not consider any missing person as not wanting to be found. Only those who left and returned on their own.”
Commissioner Griffith added, “At no time did I say that those persons who are still missing did not want to be found. I was speaking about the 598 out of the 745 who returned home in 2020. That was over 80 percent. I was speaking about people who do not want to be found and, who were not actually missing, I was not referring to those persons who are actually missing. When you look at the number of persons who were reported missing, close to 600 returned home. Those were the persons who did not want to be found.”
The CoP said the reporter unfortunately tried to use the concerns of a victim’s family to try to give the impression that what the Commissioner of Police was saying, was incorrect. We are giving the facts. The vast majority of persons who were reported missing, actually returned home. The reason is that when they left home they did not tell their families, those are the ones I was speaking about who did not want to be found.