“The safest place in T&T is inside a Carnival fete…”
So says Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, as he weighed in on the current crime situation and the TTPS' readiness for Carnival celebrations.
And the top cop says his men and women officers are equipped and ready to deal with anything and make sure that their presence is felt.
During a drill with various arms of the TTPS at the Police Training Academy on Thursday, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police aren't being trained to use brute force, but rather, to destabilise potential deadly situations.
Cecil Skeete—the man who accused top cop Gary Griffith of choking, punching, and putting a gun to his head—has been shot dead.
Sources say the 50-year-old was shot several times last night near his Freedom Street, Cocorite home.
It is alleged he was part of the "Rasta City" Gang.
Over the years, Skeete reportedly had a number of run-ins with the law for possession of firearms and ammunition and other offences.
Guardian Media understands he was out on bail on charges of arms and ammunition possession dating to 2017.
Former government minister, Devant Maharaj, believes only big business will benefit from new legislation to de-criminalise marijuana in this country.
According to Devant Maharaj, the government’s move is less focussed easing up the justice system and restorative justice for urban youth, and more about facilitating big business.
His comments come in light of revelations that relatives of the Attorney General’s wife have registered a company, which appears to want to be involved in the cannabis business.
The Police Commissioner has issued a directive that all police officers entering court buildings must walk through the scanners there.
It comes on the heels of an incident on Tuesday, in which a police officer arrested a court security officer who had advised him of the scanner procedure and refused to follow the protocol. The court security officer was detained for several hours at the Mayaro Police Station.
St Clair businessman, Michael Patrick Aboud, will appear in court today, charged with possession of an illegal firearm and narcotics.
Aboud will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate.
He was arrested at his St Clair home last week, following an almost five-hour long raid by officers of SORT—the Special Operations Response Team.
The exercise was coordinated by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.
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The Law Association of T&T (LATT) says if Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has evidence that attorneys are assisting criminals in their activities, he should “hasten to lay charges against these errant attorneys.”
A Guayaguayare mother wants Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to find out why his officers have failed to charge a student who slashed her daughter’s face, leaving her with partial facial paralysis.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith gave a commitment to increased collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT).
The top cop and officers of special investigative units within the TTPS, met with representatives of this country’s commercial banking sector on Wednesday 30th October, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has confirmed that it has initiated its own probe into the matters surrounding the fatal shooting of Keone Paryag, on Friday night.
On Friday at about 6 p.m., police were called in to the Biljah Road, Chaguanas, apartment of Danah Alleyne, the sister of Crime Watch host, Ian Alleyne.
Reports are that she had been cornered in her apartment by her boyfriend, 34-year-old Keone Paryag, and was fearful for her life.