Gary Griffith

‘Protecting citizens’: CoP Gary Griffith.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is absolutely not accepting Carnival indiscipline from the police officers expected to work today and tomorrow.

At least one officer was given until 10a.m. to find himself on the job.

Griffth sent a message to the officer, stating “You have failed to adhere to your obligation to perform your duty today as rostered. Failure to be at your post by 10 am today or also being absent tomorrow, you are directed to report to the Police Training Academy at 0800 on Friday 8 March, to meet the Commissioner personally , where your failure to perform your duty would be recorded on your file and possible disciplinary action may be taken”.

Griffith told " Any police officer abandoning their post, especially on days like today and tomorrow, without good reason, I see that as a blatant act of indiscipline and not becoming of someone to wear the uniform”

Get caught up with news from the news leader
Subscribe now and get access to the Trinidad Express E-paper

Thankfully, said Griffith, it is just a few, as the majority have shown dedication to duty.

“ But these few have shown no regard or care to protect our citizens, and have even put the security of their fellow officers at risk by being absent. Their irresponsible behaviour would be dealt with. We do not need or want such selfish individuals in the Service”.

On Sunday, Griffith had asked all active police officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) to turn out as rostered for work on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, “not based on consequences, but because of patriotism and an answer to the call to duty, to protect and serve Trinidad and Tobago with P.R.I.D.E”.


THE 11-year-old schoolgirl shot on Monday in East Port of Spain while she was in a relative’s car was operated on and is in stable condition at hospital. The relative believes the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

THE post-registration deportation of Venezuelans has begun. Minister of National Security Stuart Young said yesterday he spent “some time” on Monday in his office signing a number of deportation orders.

THE Government has backed down and completely deleted the controversial Clause 7 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Finance Minister Colm Imbert said in the Senate on Monday night this was done based on the arguments put forward by Independent Senator Sophia Chote SC.

A YELLOW weather alert remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Both the T&T Meteorological Service and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) yesterday issued a yellow alert — meaning moderate risk to public safety, livelihoods and property.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it is pleased that the Government was responsive to overwhelming public opinion and decided to retreat from its proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).