Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has stated his intention to step in and stop gang warfare, to prevent young male gang members from killing each other, a statement by the Police Service says.
Young men, he said, are being callously used by gang leaders and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is committed to intervening and bringing an end to the senseless violence.
Commissioner Griffith made the comments 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, St. James, today.
The event was attended by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Faris Al-Rawi, United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson and Provost of the Police Academy, Dr. Simon Alexis.
The event was chaired by Madame Justice, Gillian Lucky.
Commissioner Griffith noted “the seminar is timely for local law enforcement personnel, as it will greatly assist us in moving from having the intelligence about crimes, to competently compiling evidence to prosecute gang members for criminal activities.”
He went on to thank the US Embassy for the continued provision of specialised training and assistance to the TTPS over the years to enhance crime-fighting capabilities.
Attorney General Al-Rawi in his remarks, lauded the TTPS for making history, with recent arrests and charges brought against four individuals under the Anti-Gang law.
He noted that just one case has had the effect of making citizens feel assured that gang activities are being tackled.
He also commended Commissioner Griffith for the proposed 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.
Ambassador Mondello who also addressed the gathering, expressed his interest in continuing to partner with law enforcement agencies in Trinidad and Tobago, to bring gang members to justice and ensure safety and security for all citizens.