Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, during the TTPS news briefing on Thursday 1 October 2020. (Image: TTPS)

RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has announced the cancellation of his vacation leave, which was supposed to commence from tomorrow (Friday 2 October 2020), noting that “it is not the darkest day of Gary Griffith” but is what he “swore an oath for”.

During the T&T Police Service’s weekly media briefing on Thursday, Griffith disclosed that he had cancelled his flights to Barbados, London and Belfast that very morning.

Admitting that working around the clock has taken a toll on his health, Griffith remained steadfast in his stance for the country, saying:

“The way I was brought up and trained is that my country comes first.”

“And for the last two years, every single week, there has been some reason (not to go on vacation) and this here is obviously a reason,” Griffith said.

He also disclosed that the TTPS got intelligence that in his absence, there was a deliberate plan by persons to try to undermine the TTPS.

“I am fighting a battle here with many Trojan horses in my own camp and that is a fact,” he stated. “Now is not the time to throw the whole TTPS not under the bus, but to try to discard and discredit the few, not the whole TTPS.”

“If we have 8,000 police officers and it’s just 100 involved in this, I beg you, please understand, you still have several thousand officers out there working hard—from local government elections to carnival and Christmas to COVID-19, plans to loot and burn the city, the general election. They are out there doing as much as they can, many of them even being affected by COVID. Let us not discredit the police officers because of this situation,” Griffith said.

When asked about his wife, Nicole, and his son, Gary Griffith III (who are both in Ireland), and how they took the news of his vacation cancellation, Griffith said he would not be commenting regarding the feelings of his family.

Griffith was due to leave T&T for 21 days to spend time with his son in Ireland. His son is there because of professional football.

Last official working day for DCP Jayson Forde (left), who bid Commissioner Griffith (right) and the TTPS goodbye, as he heads into retirement. (Image: TTPS)

Griffith also took the opportunity to announce that Deputy Commissioner of Police Jayson Forde will proceed on retirement from tomorrow, Friday 2 October 2020.

“Today (Thursday) is the last day for DCP Forde in the TTPS. He has served the TTPS for several years, and I wish to send all my best to DCP Forde,” the Commissioner said.

He added: “DCP Forde has proven to be an exceptional police officer, moving above and beyond the call of duty and hopefully, we’ll see him soon in another venture.”