Griffith slams Chief of Defence Staff misleading remark that TTDF not trained for patrols with police

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Griffith slams Chief of Defence Staff misleading remark that TTDF not trained for patrols with police

A cop out!
That’s the way former Police Commissioner and retired Captain of the Defence Force, Gary Griffith, described recent claims by Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel, that members of the defence force are not trained to go on patrols with police.

At a meeting of the Joint Select Committee last Wednesday, Daniel said the biggest challenge facing the TTDF was having to patrol with police.

In response, Griffith said Daniel’s comment was “totally incorrect,” and described it as a cop-out.

He said having been an officer in the TTDF for 17 years, he can verify that what Daniel’s said is misleading and can give the impression that the defence force hierarchy does not want to adhere to one of their functions, which is aid to civil power and support the police for internal security.

Griffith said the Chief of Defence Staff cannot expect the nation to accept that 5,000 trained military personnel would only remain on standby until another attempted coup takes place.

He added that as a former national security minister and national security advisor, the vast majority of the defence force wants to assist in the fight against crime, and patrolling with police, is part of that.

Griffith blamed the supposed belief that the TTDFfis unwilling to assist police on “weak leadership.”

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