CoP – Fixin T&T’s rep comments irresponsible & reckless

In a strong­ly-word­ed state­ment yes­ter­day, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith de­scribed as “ir­re­spon­si­ble and reck­less” state­ments by Kirk Wait­he of Fix­in’ T&T on the use of force by po­lice of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS).

Grif­fith, who re­peat­ed much of what he has pre­vi­ous­ly said on the is­sue, ex­pressed con­cern about claims the he is di­rect­ing po­lice of­fi­cers to break the law.

He said: “This in­di­vid­ual has re­gur­gi­tat­ed the same me­dia re­lease ten times on the same top­ic, and he has now turned his con­cern to the la­bels at­tached to those crim­i­nals who kill, rape and mur­der in­no­cent law abid­ing cit­i­zens.”

The Com­mis­sion­er re­it­er­at­ed that a po­lice of­fi­cer who hes­i­tates dur­ing a con­fronta­tion with a crim­i­nal can be killed.

“The use of force pol­i­cy for the TTPS states that dead­ly force can be used if an of­fi­cer’s life is at risk. In con­trast, the ir­re­spon­si­ble and reck­less state­ments by Kirk Wait­he when he states that the Com­mis­sion­er is not ad­her­ing to the use of force pol­i­cy, demon­strates his in­abil­i­ty to un­der­stand that ‘one shot, one kill’ equates to the use of dead­ly force when re­quired,” he said.

Grif­fith added: “One won­ders why Fix­in’ T&T’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive and spokesper­son nev­er chose to seek a meet­ing with the Com­mis­sion­er to dis­cuss his is­sues and con­cerns, rather, he chose to con­tin­ue to is­sue mis­lead­ing and in­flam­ma­to­ry state­ments.

“Hence leav­ing one to won­der if there is any re­al in­ter­est in want­i­ng to se­ri­ous­ly ad­dress his con­cern or sim­ply to seek me­dia at­ten­tion.

“The Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice re­it­er­ates to all of­fi­cers to con­tin­ue to per­form their du­ties as they were so trained to do, and em­pha­sis­es that he will con­tin­ue to fight for the rights of of­fi­cers and law abid­ing cit­i­zens alike in keep­ing with the rule of law.

“The CoP gives the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) and all law abid­ing cit­i­zens his as­sur­ance that no one man ac­tivist group with an agen­da can al­ter the Po­lice Ser­vice’s po­si­tion.”

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