Griffith tells Burke to report errant officers

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 05:30

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (CoP) Gary Grif­fith has re­mind­ed cit­i­zens that there are mech­a­nisms in place to seek re­dress should any mem­ber of the pub­lic feel ag­griev­ed by the ac­tions of mem­bers of the Po­lice Ser­vice.

Grif­fith made the state­ment on the heels of al­le­ga­tions made by Sea Lots com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke about the con­duct of of­fi­cers dur­ing a raid.

In a Guardian Me­dia ar­ti­cle yes­ter­day, Burke ap­pealed to po­lice of­fi­cers to re­spect women’s pri­va­cy, as he claimed of­fi­cers act­ed in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ly to his daugh­ters dur­ing raids at his two homes last Fri­day. Burke claimed that his four teenage daugh­ters plead­ed with the male of­fi­cers who en­tered their rooms to al­low them to get prop­er­ly dressed be­fore they car­ried out their search­es. How­ev­er, Burke al­leged the of­fi­cers re­fused and the girls were left ex­posed. Burke said the in­ci­dent had left his daugh­ters trau­ma­tised.

Yes­ter­day, Grif­fith said he has not seen a po­lice re­port on al­le­ga­tions made by Burke. He al­so ad­vised that “whilst it is the en­shrined right for all cit­i­zens to seek re­dress, it is al­so the en­shrined right for all cit­i­zens to en­joy their fun­da­men­tal rights of safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty.”

“Since my in­cep­tion as CoP, I have nev­er shirked my re­spon­si­bil­i­ty to en­sure any er­rant of­fi­cer brought to my at­ten­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ed with the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion tak­en. Like­wise, it is the du­ty of the men and women of the TTPS to act in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner to stymie the on­slaught of gang-re­lat­ed vi­o­lence. Any­one who may feel ag­griev­ed by this has the right to seek re­dress through the ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels,” Grif­fith said.

Grif­fith said while he con­tin­ues to treat with all re­port­ed mat­ters of al­leged abuse, he im­plores all stake­hold­ers to al­so ap­pre­ci­ate the lives and ac­counts of those di­rect­ly im­pact­ed by the spate of crime and the men and women of the TTPS who present them­selves each day to treat with same.

The Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­i­ty would be the body to in­ves­ti­gate such a claim if Burke even­tu­al­ly de­cides to file such a com­plaint.

- by Rhondor Dowlat