Griffith to reassign cops who fail polygraph test

Po­lice of­fi­cers who opt not to take the poly­graph test or those who fail it will be re­as­signed.

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith said yes­ter­day that while there is no dis­ci­pli­nary ac­tion at­tached to tak­ing the poly­graph test he has the au­thor­i­ty to take some kind of ac­tion.


“It is my right to pin­point and tar­get where po­lice of­fi­cers are to be sta­tioned. So if you fail, if you do not want to be poly­graphed I can eas­i­ly re­move those in­di­vid­u­als,” Grif­fith said af­ter he ad­dressed res­i­dents of the St Mary’s Chil­dren’s Home in Tacarigua yes­ter­day at their Ca­reer Day ti­tled Con­nec­tion To Your Fu­ture.

Grif­fith said, “If you do not want to it is fine but noth­ing gives the God-giv­en right to be in the South­west­ern di­vi­sion.”

Re­spond­ing to con­cerns raised by the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, Grif­fith as­sured that apart from pos­si­bly be­ing moved from spe­cif­ic sta­tions, no dis­ci­pli­nary ac­tion can be tak­en against of­fi­cers.

“Yes, we spoke with them about it. We spoke at length, I think that their con­cern which I un­der­stood they want­ed to en­sure that there was no sit­u­a­tion where dis­ci­pli­nary ac­tion will be tak­en against po­lice of­fi­cers. This is not about witch-hunt­ing, it is not to dis­ci­pline,” the Com­mis­sion­er as­sured.

He said any such dis­ci­pli­nary at­tach­ment to the test­ing would have to come through a leg­isla­tive change.

“If the near fu­ture there could be such ac­tion be­ing tak­en that has to be done through the state where the politi­cians will de­cide and make it law,” said Grif­fith, who said of­fi­cers should be en­cour­aged to do the test.

Poly­graph tests are set to be­gin next week and Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith has al­ready in­di­cat­ed that he would be the first to do the test.

- by Peter Christopher

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