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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #60 on: February 11, 2020, 06:35:16 PM »
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"We can't crack this if 323 persons we have held with illegal firearms in the last three years have been given bail on the first hearing. And we have the intelligence that says there are no more than 800 shooters. So, we have arguably arrested and held more than half of the individuals, which means that we could have reduced homicide probably by half.

The math of a politician.

I wonder what the arithmetic of the Prime Minister, the AG and the Minister of National Security entails.
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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #61 on: April 01, 2020, 10:00:43 AM »
Gary is no puppet.
By Jack Warner (sunshinetodaytt)


The current spat being played out across social media between the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police is a greater threat to the people of Trinidad and Tobago than Covid-19.

Ever since the Prime Minister declared a more aggressive approach to the maintenance of social distancing, a more robust measure as it pertains to the application of restrictions on the population and the declaration of who will be allowed freedom of movement during this heightened period, there has been a “toing” and “froing” on the part of these two principals and by now I would have thought that the Prime Minister would have intervened to bring this to rest.

What is clear is that Gary Griffith is no puppet…….never was and never will be!

What is clearer is that if this PNM Administration wanted a puppet who would rock to their every whim and fancy then Gary Griffith is not the man.

A casual glance at his achievements show that his career is inundated with examples of him choosing to do the right thing amid opportunities to advance his own sphere of influence and if Griffith is not the type of man that the PNM would have wanted; the question that begs an answer is why did they appoint him to the post of Commissioner of Police in the first place?

Gary Griffith does not and will not follow orders that are illegal; orders that run against the grain of his moral values.

Gary Griffith will not follow orders that challenge his spiritual upbringing as a good Catholic, the man is anal like that.

But most importantly, Gary Griffith puts country first and it does not matter what his political affiliation is or what position the one giving the order holds, if an order runs against what is right and what is lawful for the people of Trinidad and Tobago then Gary Griffith will not obey that order.

That is the problem that this Rowley administration seems to be having with their Commissioner of Police. This is the challenge that is apparently haunting them because Gary Griffith has openly refused to do that which is unlawful and accept the role of the fall guy for this administration.

If Rhoda Bharath were the Commissioner of Police maybe Rowley and Young’s wishes would have been her command. Maybe the police cells would have been overflowing with innocent citizens. Maybe the rights of our people would have been unconstitutionally suspended. Maybe this spat with the Minister of National Security would have never occurred. But Rhoda Bharath is not the Commissioner of Police but a puppet of the Rowley Administration, so, if Rowley wants blind allegiance at the head of the Police Service, then Rhoda Bharath should be appointed as Commissioner of Police.

Dr. Keith Rowley knows that what is needed in this country at this time is the suspension of civil liberties and this can only be done by imposing the Emergency Powers Act by the declaration of a State of Emergency.

The problem is that Keith Rowley wants to make that declaration but he has found himself betwixt and between because very early in his administration he chastised the People’s Partnership for declaring a State of Emergency and went on to append that his Government will do no such thing as it viewed such a strategy as an act that declares one has failed.

So Dr. Rowley has his hands tied by his own declaration and in an election year, he cannot call a State of Emergency because in doing so he runs the risk of a rejuvenated Opposition using his own criterion to declare that the PNM party has failed.

But in all honesty Rowley knows that a State of Emergency must be declared and it is here that Gary Griffith has become the fly in his ointment because Gary rightfully has refused to play along and enforce emergency powers without the authority of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

This is what the current spat between the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police is all about.

The current spat has to deal with our constitutional rights and it has to deal with encroachments in our democracy.

It is a case where the Government is demonstrating a willingness to become authoritarian and autocratic and is seeking to enjoin the Commissioner of Police in what can only be described as questionable behaviour.

It is not that the Government cannot do the right thing and invoke the emergency powers because through Parliament it has absolute and transcendent powers in these matters. It is just that Rowley, since the crime waves started rolling in during his tenure, has adopted the position that State of Emergencies “would negatively affect the country including halting economic growth.”

At the bone of contention are a number critical issues; the first having to do with freedom of movement and freedom to assembly because since the declaration of a more robust lockdown which clearly was not well thought out, citizens have been asking questions as it relates to what seems to be restrictions on their movement during these critical times.

Legally, the Government seems to have appended through legitimate channels that citizens cannot assemble in groups more than 10.

The question citizens are asking is whether they can assemble in groups less than 10 and if they assemble does the police have the authority to arrest or detain them for doing so?  Is the number 10 the appropriate number?

Even I have a question on this matter because if the Prime Minister has legitimized that public transport capacity should not exceed half of the licensed capacity, will I be found adrift of the law if I am in a 25seater maxi that is carrying 12 passengers?

Another question has to do with citizens who would normally take a stroll in their communities as a form of exercise since there seems to be confusion relating to whether this is permitted or not.

Citizens want to know whether they would be interrupted by the police or members of the Defence Force if they go alone for a walk around their neighbourhood and to this the Commissioner rightly answers “no”.

If the Government wanted to restrict the movement of its people and their right to assemble then it could have invoked emergency powers and give to the police extraordinary powers to ensure that social distancing is robustly followed in order to wisely restrict the possibility of transferring the virus across our population.

But the Government cannot leave it up to the discretion of the people to act and expect the police to exercise the heavy hand of the law if the discretion of the people does not meet the lofty standards of the Government. There must be clarity.

So, the Commissioner of Police smartly communicated with the public regarding the powers of the police but somebody in Government was uncomfortable regarding what he declared and rather than call a meeting of the National Security Council to clarify this matter, chose the social media platform to air an antithetical view.

To the Government, be informed that you cannot outwit nor out speak Gary Griffith when he is in the right, you will not win!

At present, it is clear that his actions are legal. He is doing the right thing and the national community is behind him.

If the Government wants to curb the spread of this virus it cannot harbour sectoral interests and this is what the nation is reading in the Commissioner’s declaration of his powers.

It is either you fight this virus head on with a State of Emergency or you facilitate its spread to accommodate big business and at the end of the day we will all suffer and die.

Whatever decision you make Mr. Prime Minister just remember I told you that Gary Griffith is no puppet.

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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #62 on: September 03, 2020, 05:11:44 PM »
‘Express’ reporter scores legal victory against CoP
Anna Ramdass (Express).


Answer, Gary

Express investigative journalist Denyse Renne has scored a major victory in taking Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to court for failing to provide information applied for under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in October 2019.

The top cop was yesterday ordered by Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh to provide answers on questions posed on the operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

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Griffith did not immediately respond to a request from the Express for comment yesterday.

In his judgment, Boodoosingh stated that freedom of information requests must be dealt with promptly as the public has a right to this information in the interest of transparency.

“There is a general duty on public authorities to provide information. This is done to ensure openness, transparency and accountability in the exercise of public functions. Citizens are entitled to ask for information and to be given it unless there is good reason for not doing so,” stated the judge.

The Commissioner has been ordered to provide answers on hiring practices, salaries, contracts and granting of licences, among other matters.

Griffith must provide the categories of persons granted firearms users’ licences, the names of all returning police officers and retired Defence Force officers hired (except those in covert operations) and the salaries paid to them.

Griffith must also provide the names of all contractors/suppliers retained by the Police Service for the period August 2018 to the date of the request (October 2019) and the cost of the services as well as all external attorneys retained by the Police Service to attend to civil matters and the cost of services.

The judge noted that certain information was provided to Renne in November 2019 but in other cases the information was not provided and exemptions were claimed under the relevant sections of the FOIA.

The judge then went on to dissect instances where exemptions were cited to not provide information to Renne and ordered that the information be provided to some degree as it relates to some questions.

He noted that TTPS Legal Unit head Christian Chandler, in response to Renne’s request for information on mechanisms used to identify which retiring police officers were being allowed to return to the Police Service, had indicated no specific criteria were used.

However, Boodoosingh ruled that that mechanism also relates to whether there was an open invitation for persons to apply or whether it was based on specific invitations or whether there was an interview process, etc. He ordered Griffith to provide such information to Renne.

Covert operations

On Renne’s request for information on firearm users’ licences and which sector the persons granted licences belonged to such as businessmen and private citizens, Boodoosingh noted that Griffith indicated that such information is not requested on the application form submitted by applicants.

However, the judge pointed out that the form does provide for the occupation of persons applying to be granted licences to be stated and he ordered that numbers of persons by categories of occupation to be provided with respect to who received gun licences.

Renne had requested a list of all names of former police officers retained by the Police Service and the positions they held from August 2018 to the date of the request (October 2019).

Boodoosingh noted that the information was not provided as an exemption was claimed under this that those police officers were recalled to assist in covert intelligence operations.

The judge stated it would seem reasonable that if they have been hired for covert intelligence operations their identities should not be disclosed as this may compromise their activities and their safety.

However, he said “it would be strange if this were to apply to all police officers who have returned,” and ordered that the names of those who have not been hired specifically for covert intelligence operations be provided.

No good reason to refuse

Renne had also requested the collective salaries of all the persons who have been returned as police officers.

Boodoosingh disagreed with Griffith’s claim for this to be exempted and onerous to compile.

“In my view, the total amount being spent on returning police officers cannot be subject to an exemption. There is nothing particularly sensitive about this or onerous about providing it. There must be a budget item for this in the Police Service and the figure can therefore be ascertained on a quick review of the payroll can generate the amount,” he stated, ordering that it be provided.

With respect to Griffith’s claim that the names of former Defence Force persons now attached to the police service, their rank in the police service and their remuneration packages cannot be provided because of intelligence operations, Boodoosingh stated it cannot compromise their operations or safety if information is provided as to what ranks they hold and what they are paid.

Renne’s request for the names of all contractors/suppliers retained by the Police Service for the period August 2018 to the date of the request and the cost of the services was denied on the basis that it was not specific.

Boodoosingh stated, however, there must be some records within the Police Service which can identify who or which entities have been given contracts and who have supplied goods and services to the Police Service which can be provided.

“Presumably the Police Service has to report to the relevant ministry on moneys spent on the provision of goods and services. Presumably there will be records of what is provided for within the service and what is sourced externally. There was, in my view, no good reason advanced for not providing this information,” he stated.

He further stated that Renne’s request for a list of all advertisements by the Police Service for the procurement of goods and services cannot be considered to be onerous or difficult to provide and it must be provided.

Renne had requested the names of all external attorneys retained by the police service to attend to civil matters and the cost of services.

Boodoosingh stated this is a legitimate request as there is “no privilege in a name or the fees paid with public funds”.

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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #63 on: September 15, 2020, 03:01:31 AM »
Two months into September and despite reports of recent media releases, why are there no September media releases on the TTPS website?

http://www.ttps.gov.tt/Media/Media-Releases/2020-Media-Releases
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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #64 on: September 15, 2020, 05:30:02 AM »
Allyuh think Gary go get fired, resign.

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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #65 on: December 09, 2020, 07:54:19 AM »
CoP invites more women to apply for gun licenses
By Sascha Wilson (T&T Guardian).


Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is encouraging more women to apply for Firearm Users Licences (FUL) to protect themselves against criminal elements.

His call came yesterday in the wake of public outrage over violence against women, children and the murders of 18-year-old Ashanti Riley and the discovery of the body of missing mother Krystal Primus-Espinoza.

Speaking at a press conference at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain, Griffith said the public outcry had ignited an operational plan to deal with missing persons and violence against women and children.

“I want to inform all women in the country, there is nothing against women having a firearm, a fireman is something that can be an asset for you. There is no need to be fearful of a firearm. Firearms do not kill people, people kill people. A firearm should not be something you feel so sensitive that you feel that you do not want it,” Griffith said. (See editorial on Page 12)

However, the Commissioner said he was concerned that 95 per cent of the applicants were men.

Noting that he has increased the number of firearm licences issued annually from over 200 to 1,500, Griffith said he has been pushing heavily to provide people with their right to bear arms.

“If the state cannot fully protect you and for obvious reasons, we cannot give you the assurance that we can. We are doing all that we can through the Government, through the TTPS and other arms of national security, but it is your right to bear arms. It is your right to defend yourself, it is your right to protect you, your assets your loved ones…,” he said.

“A firearm is not a man thing, a firearm is something that should be used by law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.”

In a subsequent telephone interview, Griffith told Guardian Media that out of the 30,000 firearm licence applicants, just about 3,000 were women.

“So I think basically, it is a mindset to get women to understand that a firearm is an avenue that can be used to protect themselves from criminal elements.”

In the press briefing, he said the applicants should be 50-50 male and female percentage-wise.

He said the recent outcry over the murders of Riley and Primus-Espinoza had forced an action item from the TTPS. This, he said, involves making a recommendation to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi for pepper spray to be legally issued to women.

Similar to the process for a FUL, he said the pepper spray would be registered to each person who owns one.

“What I intend to do as it is a prohibited item, as the Commissioner of Police, I would make a recommendation to the Attorney General to seek approval for it to be made available to women. As Commissioner of Police, I would make a recommendation to the Attorney General to seek approval for me as the Commissioner of Police to have it regulated,” he said.

“So I understand the Prime Minister’s concerns and he is correct, we do not want this to get in the hands of everyone but what I am recommending is that this can be a regulated item where it can be registered to each and everyone who wants to get pepper spray, you have it registered.”

He added that pepper spray saves lives and is non-lethal.

“I have done immense research around the world. Pepper spray has proven to be very instrumental to saving many females from being killed, raped or kidnapped because what it is, it is an avenue of escape. It is not an avenue to hurt or harm anyone.” Following the highly-publicised murders over the past week, he said there is the public perception of a spike in violence against women and missing persons. However, he said there has been a decrease. He said 200 fewer people have been reported missing compared to last year, including a 129 decrease in the number of missing women. Also, out of 745 missing persons this year, there were 411 minors between the age group 15 to 19 and 90 to 95 per cent of the missing persons left on their own and did not want to be found.

However, Griffith assured the police continue to immediately act on all missing person reports using proper protocol and procedures. To assist with information on missing persons, Griffith said the police have reached out to several agencies and would be putting picture boards with the photographs of missing persons at supermarkets and other businesses around the country. He said they would also be posting picture boards on social media platforms and in the newspapers.

He said they have spoken to Massy Stores, TruValue, Xtra Foods and other supermarkets and agencies about putting the picture boards at their establishments. He also encouraged members of the public to download the TTPS app which has an SOS button, as it could make a difference between life and death.

Hitting back at persons who claimed women were being killed while the police were busy dealing with DSS and patrolling the beaches for COVID breaches, Griffith said instead of blaming the police for everything, people should try to work with them. A total of 46 females have been murdered for the year but Griffith said not one family, friend, employee, or neighbour of the women murdered in domestic violence circumstances had gone to the police with solid information. He also said the police would also be putting game-changers in place as it relates to child pornography and prostitution in the coming weeks.

According to the TTPS website, applying for a FUL is a two-step process

Step 1: You must obtain a Provisional License that authorises you to discharge a firearm at a specific shooting range for the purpose of training in the use of the firearm. You can obtain a copy of the Provisional License application form from the Government Printery at the address at the bottom of this page. The form should be completed in accordance with the included instructions and returned, together with the following documents, to the TTPS Firearms Section.

• ↓Two passport-sized photographs of the applicant.

• ↓A Certificate of Character issued by the Commissioner of Police not less than three months prior to the date of application. For information on how to obtain a Certificate of Character click here.

• ↓A specimen of the signature of the person to whom the License is to be issued.

• ↓The Provisional License expires two months from the date of issue. You may apply for a Firearm User’s License once your Provisional License has expired.

Step 2: You can obtain a copy of the Firearm User’s License application form from the Firearms Section of TTPS. The form should be completed in accordance with the included instructions and returned, together with the following documents, to the TTPS Firearms Section.

• ↓Two passport-sized photographs of the applicant.

• ↓A Certificate of Character issued by the Commissioner of Police not less than three months prior to the date of application.

• ↓A specimen of the signature of the person to whom the License is to be issued.

• ↓A Certificate of Competence issued by a licensed firearms instructor.

• ↓There is no application fee.

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Re: Gary Griffith Thread.
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2021, 09:46:24 PM »
Today I want to take this time to applaud the efforts of our COP in tackling the crime situation in TnT- especially the war on gangs and drugs. Initially when he began his tenure bringing a military style approach there were objections and push back- police killings were criticized- Well folks I invite you to view the similar approach in the slums of Rio and Cape Town- similar to some neighbourhoods which exist in Trinidad.

Brazil adapted a two level structure of policing:  civil police officers and  military police who are focused on the favellas - when all yuh look at the you tube- check out the female  leading this up- lawd hot hot.

Palestine has established a similar approach
 
India- very progressive- has created an all female police station dealing with many domestic cases against women .

People time to step forward and applaud all the efforts our COP had being bringing to clean up TnT
Check these out

Police patrol the slums of Rio and Cape Town
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vnwDQ8rZn78


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be1vSrEcmyM&list=PL-ffc00Qz6QZN9cK3gsd98EsNhTY8TRmh&index=7

Police in India and Palestine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNbxCWKnWG4

I suggest we send officers to these locations  to learn and see how these situations are dealt with in places like Brazil and Cape Town- Having British and Scotland Yard type training in culturally removed from our context- Jamaica tried brining in. A Ul top to run things - minimum success - we tried with two Canadians - nah - culturall differences stymied what they tried to impose - leh we take ah good look at the efforts in Rio and CapeTown - even India is impressive.
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