Top CoP: do not pay for FULs

Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith is advising persons against paying anyone—including police officers—to secure a Firearm User’s License (FUL).

The top cop says that will not in any way assist in fast tracking their application.

In an official statement, Commissioner  Griffith says he has learnt that numerous  people  claiming  to  know  certain  senior  police officers, who  have made  promises  to assist them in securing their FULs. 

COP hoping for free and fair elections on Monday

The political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) is hoping for free and fair elections on Monday, when the local government poll takes place.

Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan describes the recent issue with ballot papers as unfortunate, and is hoping the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) would have sorted matters out, so that all systems and protocols won't be compromised come voting day.

LA GUERRE: “2020 Election a two party race…”

Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.

He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.

According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.

He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.

PM writes COP, FIU requesting investigation into Moonilal's claims

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today sent correspondence to the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith and the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Susan Francois requesting an investigation into the allegations of criminal conduct made against him and other persons by Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal in Parliament on Tuesday 09 October, 2018.

This was confirmed by the Office of the Prime Minister in a media release Thursday afternoon.

COP: Opposition leader must apologise for 'racist' Oreo statement

The Congress of the People is calling on Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to apologise for her comment referring to prime minister Dr Keith Rowley as an "Oreo".

The COP's National Executive issued a statement Wednesday night.

"It is unfortunate that the Leader of the Opposition chose to utter a racist trope on her political platform on Monday night.

The Congress of the People (COP), has repeatedly made the clarion call for all politicians to emulate standards and qualities befitting of high office.

Opposition slams appearance of politicians at COP news conference

The Opposition is criticizing the appearance of two government ministers at a news conference hosted by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith on the night that Natalie Pollonais was rescued.

The Opposition has issued a statement emphasising that the position of Police Commissioner is an independent one.

"The United National applaud the news that kidnap victim Natalie Pollonais was rescued late last evening and that the mother of three is reported to be in good health and unharmed. 

Griffith takes reins as Police Commissioner

Gary Griffith has officially taken up duties as Commissioner of Police.

He was introduced to the media at a news conference this morning where National Security Minister Stuart Young revealed that Griffith's contract was finalised yesterday.

According to Minister Young, Griffith was presented with his instruments of appointment last night.

The Commissioner's first order of business was a meeting with all heads of national security.

Minister Young thanked outgoing Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams who has proceeded on vacation leave.

COP mourns passing of former president

The Congress of the People (COP) has joined others in sending condolences to the family of former president George Maxwell Richards who passed away on Monday.

The COP has issued the following statement of their political leader, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan;

"On behalf of all members of the Congress of the People, I wish to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the entire nation on the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell Richards who served from 2003 to 2013.