Griffith tells recruits: Live for country, not die for country

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 16:00

Be­ware of cor­rup­tion and cor­rupt el­e­ments, in ad­di­tion to the crim­i­nal el­e­ments and stand up against it, as it will keep your in­tegri­ty in­tact as po­lice of­fi­cers.

This was the ad­vice giv­en to the new batch of po­lice of­fi­cers, 100 of them, who grad­u­at­ed from the Po­lice Train­ing Acad­e­my on Wednes­day by Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young.


The pass­ing out pa­rade was held on the acad­e­my’s grounds at St James.

De­liv­er­ing a brief speech, Young urged the new of­fi­cers to fear­less­ly at­tack the heart of crim­i­nal­i­ty and cor­rup­tion.

He said, “I al­so want to cau­tion you…when you take on sta­tus quo and you chal­lenge sta­tus quo and more im­por­tant­ly you at­tack fear­less­ly the heart of crim­i­nal­i­ty and cor­rup­tion in a so­ci­ety there are con­se­quences, there are per­son­al con­se­quences, but do so fear­less­ly.”

He added: “When you take on crim­i­nal­i­ty and you take on the sta­tus quo of cor­rup­tion peo­ple will at­tack you, peo­ple will try to un­der­mine you, but re­mem­ber these words, as you go about your du­ties, as you go about your in­ves­tiga­tive du­ties as you call up­on to pro­tect and serve T&T al­ways take note of the peo­ple that make the most noise,” he added.

Young told the of­fi­cers that when they take on cor­rup­tion and crim­i­nal­i­ty they will draw at­ten­tion and at­tacks to them­selves, how­ev­er, he urged them to car­ry out their du­ties fear­less­ly.

“Al­ways, as you go out there, stand up against cor­rup­tion which will come. There are the crim­i­nal el­e­ments and the cor­rupt el­e­ments in our so­ci­ety who will try to en­gage you as po­lice of­fi­cers through­out your ca­reer, nev­er, ever, take that de­ci­sion or that op­tion to go down that slip­pery slope be­cause once you do your­self that in­jus­tice and you com­pro­mise your­self there isn’t nev­er any com­ing back,” Young said.

Al­so ad­dress­ing the batch of of­fi­cers was Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith who com­mend­ed them for a job well done.

Grif­fith tod the re­cruits he want­ed them to “live for their coun­try and not die for their coun­try.”

He said, “Your train­ing is crit­i­cal to keep you safe and you must con­tin­ue be­ing trained as you go about your ca­reer.”

He added: “We are push­ing train­ing heav­i­ly for of­fi­cers as you are ex­pect­ed to po­lice a war zone. You will be faced with many sce­nar­ios out­side as of­fi­cers and you need to know how to use your pow­er re­spon­si­bly.”

He al­so told them that peo­ple are now start­ing to be­lieve in the TTPS and they need­ed to work with them hand-in-hand to en­sure that there is a con­tin­u­ous part­ner­ship in the fight against crime.

Al­so ad­dress­ing the re­cruits was Provost of the Po­lice Acad­e­my Dr.Si­mon Alex­is who told them there needs to be a whole na­tion ap­proach when deal­ing with crime.

Alex­is said the Po­lice Acad­e­my is the on­ly ac­cred­it­ed in­sti­tu­tion in the Caribbean and is the on­ly reg­is­tered po­lice acad­e­my in the 28 Caribbean states.

Alex­is said, “We are on par with oth­er first world coun­tries with re­gards to the train­ing con­tent we of­fer”.

The re­cruits were trained in sev­er­al ar­eas in­clud­ing; crim­i­nal law, laws of ev­i­dence, po­lice pro­ce­dures, traf­fic laws, firearms train­ing and be­hav­iour­al sci­ence.

Vale­dic­to­ri­an, WPC Or­nel­la Pierre re­mind­ed her col­leagues that they en­tered an or­gan­i­sa­tion with rules and reg­u­la­tions and thanked staff and fac­ul­ty mem­bers at the acad­e­my.

She al­so rem­i­nisced on the tough days of train­ing say­ing that even though the be­gin­ning was hard to adapt to, they soon got ac­cus­tomed, giv­ing cred­it to the com­radery and team­work which helped them all get through the cours­es and long days and nights of train­ing.