Almost every four days, a police officer in Trinidad and Tobago has been shot at in the last five years.
This was according to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith as he responded to criticisms of the police amid recent claims of extra-judicial killings.
“In the last five years, there have been 527 occasions where police have been shot at in the last 60 months. You’re speaking about less than every four days, a police officer is shot at. But that is not a concern apparently. Or that over 5,000 citizens have been killed in the last 12 years, not by police officers.”
Griffith also questioned claims that police had killed a man in Carapo although no evidence had been presented that police had been involved.
“Not one person has sent video footage, not one person has a photograph. Not one person knows the license plate of the vehicle but they claim that everyone, that many people were there and everyone knew it was police. They said that the individuals who saw the incident of the killing in Carapo, the reason why they knew it was police was because they look like police,” he said.
Griffith also responded to the Movement for Social Justice’s call for body cameras to be used, as he clarified that body cameras had indeed been in use by police, with about 180 cameras currently being utilised.
However, the Commissioner and Police Strategic Adviser Dwight Andrews again highlighted that body cameras still had limits with regard to its use.
He said because of the limitations he pushed for the use of live video footage from patrol cars.
“The police vehicles the emergency police vehicles there are 100 cameras that are actually on the vehicles and the reason I want to mention this, is that this actually provides a greater degree of information being passed on to the public.”
During the press conference police unveiled a brand new online crime reporting platform, which they hope would reduce concerns over leaked reports and increase confidence in reporting crimes to the police.