Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith has revealed that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is indebted to suppliers to the tune of $182 million.
Griffith made the statement while responding to a question from Port of Spain South MP Keith Scotland, during a virtual meeting with members of the National Security Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Monday.
Scotland asked the CoP whether the police are receiving reasonable and adequate resources from the Government, to which Griffith replied, “At this time, we are indebted of $182 million to suppliers. I probably spend one quarter of my day speaking with all suppliers, speaking with them not to pull the plug.”
Griffith identified suppliers of vehicles and information communication technology among some of the entities owed.
However, he give the assurance that this has not affected the operational capability of the police service.
Griffith stated “Some of these debts would have been from the last fiscal year. It is not that the police spend more, we actually spend almost $50 to $60 million less than the budget allocation for the last fiscal year. We have reduced it, but the funds have not been approved and delivered to the police service for payment.”
He said the Finance Minister and National Security Minister are doing all they can to help deal with that debt.