Gary Griffith

Trafficking charges laid on pastor; top cop feels vindicated

The Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, is calling out those who questioned the investigation of Pastor Glenn Awong of Transformed Life Ministry. 

In a Facebook post, the commissioner told his detractors that the charges of trafficking, false imprisonment and kidnapping of 69 people laid against Awong spoke for themselves.

Following is the full text of the Police Commissioner’s statement…

Nicole Dyer-Griffith: "We're as good as gold…"

On the day of her wedding anniversary, amongst the heavy criticisms of the general public of every move her husband, Gary Griffith, Commissioner of Police (CoP) makes, Nicole Dyer-Griffith assures that they both—along with her marriage—are "good as gold."

On Monday morning, top cop Gary Griffith took to Facebook, apologising to her for not "taking her out."

With the numerous deaths threats made against his family, Griffith was forced to send his wife and son to a foreign country to live.

Man who accused top cop of abuse killed

Cecil Skeete—the man who accused top cop Gary Griffith of choking, punching, and putting a gun to his head—has been shot dead.

Sources say the 50-year-old was shot several times last night near his Freedom Street, Cocorite home.

It is alleged he was part of the "Rasta City" Gang.

Over the years, Skeete reportedly had a number of run-ins with the law for possession of firearms and ammunition and other offences.

Guardian Media understands he was out on bail on charges of arms and ammunition possession dating to 2017.

Lawyer, 3 held as probe into Transformed Life Ministries continues

A prominent civil lawyer and three other persons have been detained for questioning of the trafficking of persons in the ongoing investigation into Transformed Life Ministries in Arouca in which 69 people were rescued from cages in October this year following an intensive Guardian Media investigation.

Senior police sources told Guardian Media that the attorney was picked up in the wee hours of this morning by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) in an operation coordinated by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith and headed by Sgt Mark Hernandez of SORT.

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. 

St Clair businessman in court today

St Clair businessman, Michael Patrick Aboud, will appear in court today, charged with possession of an illegal firearm and narcotics.

Aboud will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate.

He was arrested at his St Clair home last week, following an almost five-hour long raid by officers of SORT—the Special Operations Response Team.

The exercise was coordinated by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.


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Charge errant attorneys who help criminals

The Law As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (LATT) says if Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has ev­i­dence that at­tor­neys are as­sist­ing crim­i­nals in their ac­tiv­i­ties, he should “has­ten to lay charges against these er­rant at­tor­neys.”

Why no charges against school bully?

A Guayagua­yare moth­er wants Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to find out why his of­fi­cers have failed to charge a stu­dent who slashed her daugh­ter’s face, leav­ing her with par­tial fa­cial paral­y­sis.

Top cop meets with bankers

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith gave a commitment to increased collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT).

The top cop and officers of special investigative units within the TTPS, met with representatives of this country’s commercial banking sector on Wednesday 30th October, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

PCA and PSB probing Paryag shooting

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has confirmed that it has initiated its own probe into the matters surrounding the fatal shooting of Keone Paryag, on Friday night.

On Friday at about 6 p.m., police were called in to the Biljah Road, Chaguanas, apartment of Danah Alleyne, the sister of Crime Watch host, Ian Alleyne.

Reports are that she had been cornered in her apartment by her boyfriend, 34-year-old Keone Paryag, and was fearful for her life.