“[…] My concern here is not for the legalities of the issue at hand—I leave that for the lawyers—but for the total disrespect shown for the Office of the Prime Minister.
“I am certain that Commissioner [Gary] Griffith was not taught to be disrespectful of authority at the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy that he so often reminds us he attended…”
The following Letter to the Editor on Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith’s response to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on the policing of the Covid-19 public health ordinance, was submitted by retired Major General Ralph Brown—a Chaconia Medal (Gold) recipient for his role in the 1990 attempted coup:
It is with a feeling of great sadness and concern that I feel compelled to comment on the utterances of the Commissioner of Police concerning the Honourable Prime Minister and head of the National Security Council of Trinidad and Tobago.
My concern here is not for the legalities of the issue at hand—I leave that for the lawyers—but for the total disrespect shown for the Office of the Prime Minister.
I am certain that Commissioner Griffith was not taught to be disrespectful of authority at the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy that he so often reminds us he attended.
If Commissioner Griffith felt so strongly about the issue, he should have sought an audience with the Prime Minister through his line minister, the Minister of National Security. This conduct is not one expected from a military officer and by extension the Commissioner of Police.
Commissioner Griffith needs to rethink his position on this and other issues which have not gone unnoticed. If not, he should tender his resignation immediately.
Were he still a member of the Defence Force, this conduct would have been considered prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
Editor’s Note: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley shared on his Facebook page today that: “Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith and Acting Deputy Commissioners of Police Forde and Jacob attended a meeting this morning summoned by Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley.”
In a subsequent release, the TTPS stated that: “Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith was invited and not summoned… It is unfortunate that the Communications Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister does not understand the difference between ‘invited’ and ‘summoned’.
“The TTPS says it was also unfortunate that the Communications Unit at the OPM could try and put the prime minister in such a bad light, when that certainly was not the atmosphere and purpose of the meeting at the Diplomatic Centre this morning.
“The TTPS notes that the meeting was very cordial, and now the emphasis will be on parties moving forward to ensure that the public health ordinance regulations are adhered to by members of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.”