Police Commissioner Griffith may already be facing a challenge from the new Police Social and Welfare Association as it relates to the implementation of his polygraph and drug testing policy.
As part of the overall plan to protect the borders, Griffith announced plans to issue polygraph and random drug tests to officers stationed along the South Western peninsula commencing next week.
He said this is to ensure that no officer can compromise the anti-crime efforts.
“This is not a way to discipline police officers, but it gives the commissioner of police that prerogative to provide and ensure that the area in that south western peninsula is airtight.”
When the idea of polygraph testing was revealed by Griffith in March of this year he said officers would be asked specific questions.
But while former president of the association Michael Seales supported the move, days after being elected new president of the association Inspector Gideon Dickson said that no polygraph or drug tests should be done until there is a meeting between the commissioner and the police union.
Dickson told Guardian Media that this issue was a topical one on the campaign trail and “officers have real concerns, the association has real concerns.”
He said the commissioner must reveal under what authority he is operating as it relates to this new policy.
On the related issue of border security, Griffith described as “rum talk,” statements in the public domain that there are thousands of Venezuelans entering this country illegally on a daily basis.
“I wish to give the public the assurance that there is no such situation that took place or is taking place pertaining to this mass input of persons entering through illegal ports of entry.”
At the weekly police press briefing yesterday Griffith provided statistics in order to back up his denial.
He said in 2015, 11,000 Venezuelans were registered as being in this country illegally.
However, they entered through legitimate ports of entry and did not depart.
He said since then, close to 5,000 others have done the same.
Reporter: Chester Sambrano