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CoP Gary Griffith addresses the launch of the Detective Developmental Training Programme at the Police Training Academy yesterday.

While admitting that Trinidad and Tobago has a very low detection rate, Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith is of the firm belief that with the introduction of the new detective developmental training will help train officers specifically for various crimes such as murders, kidnappings, rapes and other serious crimes.

Griffith was speaking at the launch of the programme which took place at the T&T Police Service’s (TTPS) Police Academy in St James yesterday.

He said the TTPS would seek to increase crime prevention and detection and added that the training of detectives will better the detection rate.

“The training programme is just one of the arsenal tools towards improving the detection rate. One of the issues we intend to address is crime detection in the form of technology, safe city model, increase in human intelligence and better detection,” Griffith said.

In encouraging the participants to focus on their training as specialised detectives, Griffith advised them to ignore people, including media houses, who “seek to demonise the Police Service.”

Griffith commended all his officers for their stance in keeping the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggested that each officer should get a medal for their stellar performance in keeping the country safe.

“We have done everything required to protect this country from COVID-19 and every officer should get a medal for that and that is where the whole country should be standing up in recognition for what the officers have achieved,” Griffith added.

Griffith urged the detectives in training to “do what is required, ignore the negativity (and) stand firm.”

“I will defend my officers – that is my leadership style – I will stand firm and defend my officers…if anyone decides to attack I will fight and defend them,” he said.

Delivering opening remarks, Supt Andre Norton proudly noted that the training programme will improve capacity and investigative skills of all participants. He also disclosed that the course content is “relevant, up-to-date and reaches global standards.”