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Griffith vows to implement “Intelligence led policing”; MPs vote ex-minister as Police Commissioner

“To those law abiding citizens who have been skeptical of this decision made, it is my intention to win over your trust and support in the very near future.

“To those within the Service who may also share concerns, I assure you, I am well aware that I can never do this on my own; and I am certain, despite what is reported in the mainstream media, those who took the oath to protect and serve, will do so with pride…”

Commissioner of Police-elect, Gary Griffith, issued the following public statement today, after being selected as the top cop by the House of Representatives:

Photo: Former National Security Minister Gary Griffith.
(Courtesy Ministry of National Security)

I take this opportunity to thank each and every one who expressed overwhelming support to me, via their personal messages or their public comments through different arms of social or traditional media, and via the numerous polls conducted over the past few months.

To those law abiding citizens who have been skeptical of this decision made, it is my intention to win over your trust and support in the very near future. To those within the Service who may also share concerns, I assure you, I am well aware that I can never do this on my own; and I am certain, despite what is reported in the mainstream media, those who took the oath to protect and serve, will do so with pride.

We are all aware that a team is as strong as its weakest link, and part of my role is to ensure all links are bolstered. I see today not as a time for me to celebrate but to give thanks to my God for affording me the opportunity to serve my country in another direction, different to my previous position of service—but at this time, perhaps, a more critical and crucial role.

Whilst I do appreciate the fond sentiment, I also appreciate the weight of expectation, and the impact on my family. As such, our focus remains facing forward to the task ahead.

In this enormous task of ensuring the most fundamental right of all law-abiding citizens are adhered to—which is their right to safety and security—time is not on my side; and I have no intention to ask for a honeymoon period, as I intend to do all that is required to ensure that your most fundamental right is provided, within the law.

Photo: Motorcycle policemen perform during 2017 Independence Day celebrations.
(Copyright Office of the Prime Minister)

I am intent on utilising Leadership, Management, Accountability and Measurement of Performance as standards of practice, whilst implementing methodologies that will advance a strategic, future-oriented, targeted approach to crime control, focusing upon the identification, analysis and management of persisting and developing problems or risks, also known as Intelligence Led Policing.

I do ask that you endure with me until the appointment is made official, and the handover is complete, as there is an Acting Commissioner of Police in the chair presently leading the Police Service; and it would be inappropriate for me to say much more regarding my aim and methods to be used in the direction of Law Enforcement Operational Policies and re-branding the direction of the Service at this time.

It is in this regard, that I also wish to recognise the immense contribution, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication to the duty by the present Acting Commissioner of Police Mr Stephen Williams, who has served his country well and I am sure he would continue to do so. I further recognise and thank the Members of Parliament, who, on behalf of their constituents, have entrusted me with their votes of confidence.

The post of Commissioner of Police, at this time in our nation’s history, is arguably one of the most difficult and thankless, and many have asked me why I have offered my services for such a post at this time.

Photo: Former National Security Minister Gary Griffith.

It is simple: I have dedicated my life to serve my country at any level that I can, to make this a better place for citizens of this great country; and I would do what is required, within the law, to achieve just that, as I remain a patriot to my country and am prepared to serve, as I support  the position that every post is honourable in which a man can serve his country.

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50 comments

  1. , Greetings Comrades: To those of us who lived the through the 1970’s NEVER AGAIN must there be any Ala BURROUGHS policing in TRINIDAD And TOBAGO. This is the era of reaping the fruits called BURROUGHS mania.

  2. He is a good choice but then what is the role of the PSC? We have politicians directly choosing independent office holders and negotiating for boats. Have our institutions created for those purposes failed?

  3. Ha ha ha….. Lock up ah big fish/man

  4. Pnm came to their senses they gave ARMY powers of arress

  5. Congratulations Mr Commissioner. We are behind you,%100. Those with Service who came up the ranks, didn’t make headway. We know that we need them but for some reason or other, the crime ran away.

  6. Congrats Trinidad and Tobago and best of luck to new CoP Gary Griffith. Though the Parliament took too long in naming you remember your office according to the Constitution is free from political interference. Let’s see an active police service a la Burroughs and you will surely win back the support and confidence of the public. Criminals may already plotting to spoil your reign.

  7. Dem police whu vex lost you re the man

  8. Less talk Captain, now is time for action.

  9. I hope he gets the big fish as well.

  10. Let’s get the job done soldier.

  11. Congrats and best wishes to you Sir.

  12. Terminator 2 Judgement Day …

  13. Hope you going to clear your name in email gate cause the allegations made against you are terrible….conspiring to murder a journalist.and wire tapping the DPP’s office?….nah man!

  14. Haters out I full force.
    May God be with you as you work towards creating a better TNT.

  15. Mr Griffith congratulations I wish u all d best but my believe is d pnm was looking for a scapegoat. Time will tell i think they would create d conditions for u not to succeed or all ready done so God bless Trinidad and Tobago

  16. He will make a difference Dillon is a waste of taxpayers money.Griffith should take over the minister of National security.

  17. Mr griffith I say to you good luck

  18. Congratulations………..Wish u all the best.

  19. Good luck finding any form of intelligence in the TTPS. You have your work cut out for you already.

  20. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr Griffith once and he was very nice Chap with all the time in the world for me , all the best in the new job.

  21. Intelligence led policing has been bandied about for a long time. I’d like to know why the current CoP “failed” in its implementation since 2G plans to implement when he gets down to business.

  22. Earl Best

    Yadda, yadda, yadda.

  23. Let’s move on and forget pass issues

  24. All the best .mr Elect .forward march .

  25. Congrats! and good luck!…you will need it…if certain factions of the TTPS adopt the opposition behaviour…let us all hope for the best…we cannot afford to produce a next generation of bandits and murderers….we will end up like Venezuela.

  26. He should be sworn in on August 1st,