Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith said that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is doing all that can be possibly done to deal with crime in T&T.
The top COP issued a press release to refute claims in a local newspaper that suggests that Griffith’s focus is “solely’ on Carnival. Griffith said, “In contrast to the baseless comment by the Editor of the Guardian, this Commissioner works tirelessly and relentlessly daily to do all that can be done to reduce crime.”
He added, “Whereas the majority of the nation, including the Editor in Chief of the Guardian, would be partying, playing mas and enjoying the Carnival season, each and every one of my officers would be mandated to be on duty to secure the country for Carnival.”
Griffith said since assuming command of the TTPS, there has been a modernization and
transformation of the service, and he is assuring the citizens that them men and women of the TTPS will be in control of the criminal elements.
He says that despite the unacceptable level of murders, which presently equates with the same period last year, serious and violent crime overall has dropped in comparison to
the previous years.
He said that in just one year the TTPS was able to do more than it has achieved in the last 20 years which includes:
- Conducted over 50 Operation Strike Back Exercises which resulted in over 900 arrests
Rescued 12 kidnapped victims without any ransom being paid
- Cracked Human Trafficking Rings in Western, Central and Northern Divisions
- Seized 858 guns and 10,928 rounds of ammunition
- Seized 333.2 kg of cocaine and 2,751.3 kg of marijuana
- Reduced yearly Overtime Bill by over 70 Million dollars
- Signed MOU with the NYPD to strengthen cooperation.
- Established the White Collar Crime Unit, an amalgamation of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau, Fraud, Cyber Crime Unit and Financial Investigations Bureau
He reiterated that the police are doing all that they can but it is now up to the 80% of citizens who support Griffith and his men to make their voices heard, and drown the voice of those who fight for the rights of criminals.