National Security

Griffith to seek after welfare of 12-year-old boy who threatened his life

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says he views two threats made against his life, as "a most unfortunate circumstance" and adds that while he appreciates the value of enforcing the law, he also views this as an opportunity to seek options for rehabilitation.

Griffith was today advised that a 12-year-old boy was charged for issuing a threat against him on Sunday via a phone call to the E999 Command Centre.

This was the first of two threats received two days apart. The second threat is still under investigation. 

Boy pleads guilty to threatening Police Commissioner

A 12-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to issuing death threats to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith. 

The schoolboy, who can not be identified because he is a minor, pleaded guilty to misusing a telephone to send a threatening message when he appeared before Master Nazeera Ali in the Port-of-Spain Children's Court this afternoon. 

Ali did not immediately sentence him as she requested a report from the Probation Services Division to assist in determining the appropriate punishment. 

Police: Two threats made on Griffith's life - one Sunday, one today

Police have said that the arrest of a 12-year-old boy for a threat against Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, was separate from another threat made against the Commissioner and his wife today.

According to police, the Command Centre received a call around 1:30 am on Wednesday 21st November, 2018, during which a caller threatened the lives of the Commissioner of Police and his wife.

It says police are at this time actively investigating this matter.

Caller threatens Griffith: "I will behead you, kill your wife"

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith’s wife, Nicole Dy­er-Grif­fith, says she is not one bit fear­ful of death threats is­sued against her ear­ly Wednes­day.

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia, Dy­er-Grif­fith added that she "won't waste time talk­ing."

Her com­ment comes as CoP Grif­fith re­ceived two deaths, over the week­end and again just af­ter 1 am Wednes­day, the sec­ond al­so threat­en­ing harm to her.

Griffith discusses police exchange programme with Turkish diplomats

Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Her Excellency Nurdan Altuntas and Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Turkey in Trinidad and Tobago, Michael Llanos, today paid a courtesy call to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

The Police Service says the meeting was held at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Discussions centered on the possibility of an exchange programme between police officers from Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey.

15 boats bringing Venezuelans stopped by Coast Guard in Matelot

National Security officials are reporting that 15 vessels attempting to bring in Venezuelan nationals in this country were intercepted and stopped as they made their way to the coast of Matelot this afternoon. 

Officials say Coast Guard and other officials were monitoring the coastline and spotted the vessels making their way to shore. 

While some escaped, officials say 6 Venezuelans were arrested.

Supermarket Association, Commissioner discuss security strategies

The Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), led by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, have met with the board of the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT), a statement by the Police Service said.

The meeting took place at the WITCO Boardroom today.

Commissioner Griffith, DCP ‘Operations’ Deodath Dulalchan, Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Lindon Greenidge of Fraud Squad, and Supt. Erica Prieto of the Municipal Police, held discussions with the board of SATT, regarding several matters of mutual interest.

Commissioner vows stronger effort against gang warfare

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has stated his intention to step in and stop gang warfare, to prevent young male gang members from killing each other, a statement by the Police Service says. 

Young men, he said, are being callously used by gang leaders and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is committed to intervening and bringing an end to the senseless violence.

Seales to Griffith: Polygraph entire Police Service

T&T Po­lice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (TTP­SWA) pres­i­dent Michael Seales is call­ing on Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith to poly­graph all of­fi­cers in the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS).

Seales made the call yes­ter­day, hours af­ter Grif­fith con­firmed he had trans­ferred sev­er­al of­fi­cers who re­cent­ly re­fused to take vol­un­tary lie de­tec­tor tests.

Speak­ing on CNC 3’s Morn­ing Brew pro­gramme, Seales said the as­so­ci­a­tion was in sup­port of the trans­fers by Grif­fith.