Police Commissioner Gary Griffith wants consideration given to reasonable shut-off times for future Carnival celebrations.
Griffith made the suggestion at a press conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
“This is one of the few countries in the world where you have Carnival going on from Friday. In other carnivals you have a shut-off point,” Griffith said.
Police officers who fail to show up for work on Carnival Monday and Tuesday without a valid reason will be reassigned from their units and face disciplinary action.
The warning came from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith after he made an assessment of the “great” turnout by members of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) on Carnival Monday.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says a combination of technology and personnel has so far worked for the Carnival season making it one of the safest ever.
Griffith, accompanied by National Security Minister Stuart Young, was on a walkabout in downtown Port-of-Spain where hundreds of revellers drenched in mud, paint, and oil gyrated along the streets to blasting soca music.
A High Court judge has threatened contempt of court proceedings against Police Commissioner Gary Griffith for failing to obey a court order.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is insisting that he and officers of specialized units of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) have not violated the police uniform.
Griffith says he has taken note of an article published in today’s Trinidad Express newspaper, pointing to his decision to wear the digital kit.
He said, however, that wearing the kit on several high-risk operations and exercises does not constitute a violation.
The Media Association is calling on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to be more temperate in his choice of words so that he would not appear to be against freedom of speech.
The statement comes in response to Griffith's comments on The Morning Brew Monday, in which he challenged the media's decision to interview people and family of people he said were not on the right side of the law.
MATT says it is not in a war with the police.
The association issued the following statement on Monday: