TRINIDAD-Police Commissioner announces plan restructure police force


Police Commissioner  Gary Griffith says the police force will be restructured by the end of this year.

Griffith told reporters during a press conference on Thursday that he is currently drafting a plan that will include an app to help citizens report criminals anonymously and improved ballistics investigations.

According to the police commissioner,  he knows that some people are hesitant to come forward with information.

 “There is a fear and a concern of reprisal and what I would be doing is I would be providing an app for citizens to come out and give us information,” he said.

“I cannot put my head on a block that each and every police officer can be trusted. Remember the police service comes from society, our society is not perfect,” he said.

Griffith gave the assurance that “things” are being put in place to ensure the safety of those who report criminal police officers.

“We are putting systems in place to ensure a degree of accountability for any police officer involved in police activity,” said the Commissioner who  also urged citizens to get more involved.

“If you see something, say something. There is no such thing as the perfect crime, someone would know something.”

He warned the public that if they are aware of rogue police officers, instead of making a report at the police station contact him directly.

“Give us the information and we will deal with them, but you cannot be turning a blind eye,” he said.

While the Commissioner also defended members of the police force, he admitted that sometimes police officers may be wrong and urged citizens to make use of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).

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    When a Commissioner speaks with so much negativity ‘…can’t put my head on the block that each officer can be trusted,’ this s speaks to ‘…demoralizing’ his very officers he wants to fight crime and criminals.

    These remarks could be encouraging to criminals in the wider society. It begs the question, ‘…How effective is the Internal Affairs Unit? That must be the ‘…most critical area for restructuring.’

    They ought to know what is going on in the Police Service- right under the nose of the Commissioner.
    Likened to the K-9 Corp, he should be able to ‘…Smell Police Criminals,’ that is, if he cannot see them.

    As has been in every society globally, citizens have always been faced with two types of criminals for possible ‘…reprisals against citizens,’

    (i) …within the Police Service; and

    (ii) …those in the wider society.’

    These criminal gangs are not only menacing, but also dangerous to members of society. They are known to ‘…wipe out entire families,’ equally as much as wiping out rivalry ‘…wherever territorial rivalry’ had emerged.

    While it is true that a small minority of police officers have exhibited ‘…roguish behavior,’ it cannot be helpful in removing from the public minds that the ‘…Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’ is so infested with criminals’ that the Commissioner of Police had to use social media to appeal for help in weeding them out. Reality- fearful discharge of a civic duty.

    Unlike unarmed citizens, these criminal gangs have ‘…adequate means and the methodologies’ how to deal with each other.

    An option might be to appeal to ‘…Societal Criminals to snitch on Police Criminals’ and let them ‘…weed out each other.’

    Dealing with the harsh realities of life, now if citizens ‘…snitched on police officers,’ are there possibilities that their safety and security would be compromised?

    A Commissioner speaking this way as to be seen as putting the citizens at risk, by sandwiching them between the ‘…Police Criminals and the Societal Criminals,’ could see more ‘…carnage.’

    Not sure that a Commissioner of Police using social media in this fashion, believes that the public would see only himself as the ‘…Paragon of Virtue.’

    This thought is often entertained by ‘…fools that believe they are living in paradise.’

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