CoP Gary Griffith is T&T’s very own Superman

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith likened him­self to Su­per­man on Wednes­day, as he stat­ed that his “kryp­tonite”, or main weak­ness, is get­ting con­crete ev­i­dence to con­vict peo­ple who are known crim­i­nals.

“If you can’t ex­plain your wealth it gives me some­thing now that will take away my kryp­tonite be­cause peo­ple know how to beat the sys­tem,” Grif­fith said at the launch of an An­ti-Gang Train­ing sem­i­nar host­ed by the US Em­bassy, ti­tled ‘Best Prac­tices in In­ves­ti­gat­ing Gang-Re­lat­ed Ac­tiv­i­ty” at the Po­lice Acad­e­my in St James.

“Every­one claims they know who the crim­i­nals are, they know who the gang lead­ers are, they know who the gang mem­bers are, they know where the drugs are com­ing from, but it’s easy to say, it’s easy to have in­for­ma­tion, it may be easy to have in­tel­li­gence,” Grif­fith said.

“That dif­fer­ence from in­tel­li­gence to ev­i­dence for con­vic­tion that is where the prob­lem lies, and it hurts me, it re­al­ly hurts me in the two months that I am here where we know for a fact we have every­thing to pin­point who is a gang mem­ber, who would have pressed that trig­ger,” he said.

“Get­ting in­for­ma­tion and hear­ing per­sons stat­ing that they are see­ing the body twitch­ing and you can’t ar­rest the per­son be­cause of that dif­fer­ence of in­tel­li­gence and ev­i­dence and this sem­i­nar will help us tremen­dous­ly in mak­ing sure we can shift from that in­tel­li­gence to turn to ev­i­dence,” Grif­fith said.

US Am­bas­sador to Trinidad and To­ba­go Joseph Mon­del­lo ex­pressed his in­ter­est in con­tin­u­ing to part­ner with lo­cal law en­force­ment to bring gang mem­bers to jus­tice and en­sure safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty for all cit­i­zens.

Grif­fith was laud­ed by At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi and Jus­tice Gillian Lucky for his work so far as com­mis­sion­er.

“In the fight against crime there must be a co­or­di­nat­ed and com­pe­tent ap­proach by all the en­ti­ties in­volved in law en­force­ment,” Lucky said.

“The Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice is un­doubt­ed­ly the flag­ship in this fight and the pub­lic must be able to re­pose the ut­most trust and con­fi­dence in the or­gan­i­sa­tion that is man­dat­ed to pro­tect and serve all law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.”

“This trust and con­fi­dence, how­ev­er, must be earned and I am there­fore pleased that over the past few weeks the na­tion has wit­nessed a re­newed strength, vi­tal­i­ty and fo­cus in the op­er­a­tions of the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice,” she said.

“Com­men­da­tion must be giv­en to the new com­mis­sion­er of po­lice Mr Gary Grif­fith who in record time has been able to mar­shal his forces and to send the pow­er­ful mes­sage that those who break the law will be un­earthed and be made to face the due process of the law,” Lucky said.

Al-Rawi con­grat­u­lat­ed Grif­fith for the an­nounced merg­er of the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Bu­reau, the An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bu­reau, the Fraud Squad and the Cy­ber Crime Unit, say­ing that the move will strength­en the TTPS’s abil­i­ty to tar­get gangs through their fi­nan­cial re­sources.

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