Crimefighter dies

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 19:30

Re­tired Deputy Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (DCP) Crime, Mau­rice Pig­got has passed away at the age of 68.

Pig­got died on Mon­day at about 6.20 am while be­ing treat­ed at the St Au­gus­tine Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal.


For­mer Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice, Stephen Williams told the Guardian Me­dia that he was in shock at the news of Pig­got's pass­ing as he had on­ly met him one week ago at the fu­ner­al of an­oth­er re­tiree in Ari­ma.

"He seemed to be well and in the best of health so I was shocked when I got the in­for­ma­tion. We met one week ago and we spoke. We al­ways met up from time to time, " Williams said.

Williams, who worked along with Pig­got in the Ex­ec­u­tive arm of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS), re­mem­bered him as high­ly-skilled and in­tel­li­gent.

"He was not self­ish and al­ways helped of­fi­cers. He was very ded­i­cat­ed and good at what he did."

In a re­lease is­sued on Mon­day af­ter­noon, the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice and Ex­ec­u­tive of the TTPS ex­tend­ed con­do­lences to the Pig­got fam­i­ly, friends, and col­leagues.

Pig­got, who en­tered the TTPS in 1971, served for 41 years un­til his re­tire­ment in 2012.

He last served as a DCP from 2010 to 2012.

Dur­ing his polic­ing ca­reer, Pig­gott was as­signed to the Homi­cide Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions, the An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bu­reau,

Fraud Squad and the Besson Street Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment.

He is sur­vived by his wife, two chil­dren and one grand-daugh­ter.

Cur­rent DCP (Ag.) ‘Crime’ Harold Phillip, al­so paid trib­ute to Pig­gott. He de­scribed his pre­de­ces­sor as a ded­i­cat­ed, coura­geous and ex­em­plary of­fi­cer, who stood for the high­est ideals of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and pur­sued a dis­tin­guished and stel­lar ca­reer in the TTPS.

Reporter: Rhonfor Dowlat-Rostant