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.”