Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Crime, Maurice Piggot has passed away at the age of 68.
Piggot died on Monday at about 6.20 am while being treated at the St Augustine Private Hospital.
Former Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams told the Guardian Media that he was in shock at the news of Piggot's passing as he had only met him one week ago at the funeral of another retiree in Arima.
"He seemed to be well and in the best of health so I was shocked when I got the information. We met one week ago and we spoke. We always met up from time to time, " Williams said.
Williams, who worked along with Piggot in the Executive arm of the T&T Police Service (TTPS), remembered him as highly-skilled and intelligent.
"He was not selfish and always helped officers. He was very dedicated and good at what he did."
In a release issued on Monday afternoon, the Commissioner of Police and Executive of the TTPS extended condolences to the Piggot family, friends, and colleagues.
Piggot, who entered the TTPS in 1971, served for 41 years until his retirement in 2012.
He last served as a DCP from 2010 to 2012.
During his policing career, Piggott was assigned to the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau,
Fraud Squad and the Besson Street Criminal Investigations Department.
He is survived by his wife, two children and one grand-daughter.
Current DCP (Ag.) ‘Crime’ Harold Phillip, also paid tribute to Piggott. He described his predecessor as a dedicated, courageous and exemplary officer, who stood for the highest ideals of the organisation and pursued a distinguished and stellar career in the TTPS.
Reporter: Rhonfor Dowlat-Rostant