Griffith: Remove derelict vehicles from police stations

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is calling on officers to remove derelict vehicles from police stations on a regular basis.

His call came as he held discussions with Member of Parliament for the constituency of La Horquetta/Talparo, Maxie Cuffie and members of his executive.

The Police Service said that this is part of ongoing transformational efforts to strengthen stakeholder partnerships and community engagement with all Members of Parliament across all 41 constituencies within the nine policing divisions of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

During the meeting held at the La Horquetta/Talparo Constituency Office in Arima on Wednesday, Griffith heard several concerns from the councilors of the area, including the need for more police patrols and increased community policing activities to engage with a large number of youth in the area, who are school drop-outs.

"In response to these issues, Commissioner Griffith gave the assurance that more youth and adult programmes are coming for the district and he is even considering deploying undercover police officers to the school system," the statement said.

It added that the issue of derelict police vehicles being kept at police stations was also raised and Griffith revealed that he has mandated that all police stations effect the removal of old vehicles from their respective compounds on a regular basis.

Members of the executive also requested that CCTV cameras be installed in the Talparo district, as it is used as an egress point by criminals to flee the constituency.

MP Cuffie meanwhile, expressed his pleasure to have met with Griffith and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Curtis Paul of the Northern Division and said he was looking forward to seeing the results of the discussions.

Griffith will continue to make himself available to these stakeholder meetings with other MPs, their constituents and interest groups in the coming weeks.