Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, met today with Chaguanas West MP, Dinesh Rambally, and members of the constituency’s business community. During the meeting, the CoP gave an assurance that he will attend a town meeting to meet with and hear the concerns of the residents of the area.
The meeting took place at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain, and was also attended by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Central Division, Curtis Simon.
During the meeting, MP Rambally told the CoP of his constituents’ fear of being the next victim of crime, given recent incidents which occurred in the Central Division. He said residents were looking forward to a partnership between his office and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to provide improved safety and security in the constituency.
Commissioner Griffith informed MP Rambally that while there was a massive reduction of crime in his constituency, he understands that the fear of crime remains a major concern.
He said most of the persons committing crimes in the area are repeat offenders and they are able to carry out their activities because of their ability to get bail when they are arrested and charged. Commissioner Griffith maintained that criminals need to remain in jail.
The CoP then indicated his willingness to attend a town meeting where he can meet with and hear first-hand, the concerns of the residents.
The members of the business community, congratulated Commissioner Griffith on the job he has been doing and said that his crime-fighting efforts are widely acknowledged by the constituents of Chaguanas West. They also spoke of the need for a reintroduction of successful community policing initiatives and continuity in leadership in the policing districts, to ensure that there are long-term solutions to the issues they face.
The business sector representatives also asked for a closer partnership with and greater access to the police, since they are of the firm belief that together, they can put a dent in crime in their communities.
Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Simon meanwhile, assured the businessmen that in addition to intelligence-led policing and community policing initiatives, crimes are being detected in the constituency and when issues arise, resources are redirected to deal with them.