He was known as the Black Knight of the South Western Police Division, a humble police officer whose gut instinct and superb crime detection skills led to the incarceration of over 100 criminals.
On Tuesday morning before his colleagues, friends and family, Police Sargeant Adesh Gookool was given a military sendoff at his Darsan Trace, Siparia home.
Two senior police officers with over 60 years service between them have been charged with indecent assault following an investigation by the professional standards bureau.
Both men are expected to appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today.
The police investigation found that during the period 31st March 2019 and June 1st 2019, 58-year-old Samuel Seepersad, who was at that time the commander of Central division, pursued a course of inappropriate sexual conduct at the Chaguanas police station against a female officer'
Police have arrested four people being and have seized three firearms and a quantity of ammunition in an intelligence-driven exercise in Tunapuna, police said in a media statement Monday.
The exercise which began at 3 am Monday, involved officers executing search warrants at two houses along St Augustine Circular, Monte Grande.
There, they discovered one Mac 11 with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition and two Harrisburg pistols along with 12 rounds of ammunition.
Following the second murder in a month in their community, residents of Oropune Gardens are appealing for intervention from the authorities to deal with an upsurge in gun violence and other illegal activities in the area
The latest murder occurred on Thursday at about 9.38 pm when a man was fatally shot outside Building 4A. The victim has been identified as Calvin Carlton Straker, 27, who had addresses in Oropune Gardens and Samaroo Village, Arima.
Police Commissioner Griffith may already be facing a challenge from the new Police Social and Welfare Association as it relates to the implementation of his polygraph and drug testing policy.
As part of the overall plan to protect the borders, Griffith announced plans to issue polygraph and random drug tests to officers stationed along the South Western peninsula commencing next week.
He said this is to ensure that no officer can compromise the anti-crime efforts.
Starting next week, officers attached to police stations in the south western peninsula will be made to undergo polygraph tests. This was a promise made by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith in March of this year but never implemented.
At the weekly police press briefing this morning he gave the assurance again. He said random drug tests will also be done.
Special Reserve Police officer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, grievous sexual assault and false imprisonment of a 29-year-old Venezuelan woman.
James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature.
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau.
The membership of the T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) has a new president and a new executive body after nine years. However, they are expecting a recount of the ballot.
Should the final verdict be a win then the new executive will "hit the ground running" and hold a meeting with the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to address the issues and give suggestions and recommendations.
Three police officers accused of assaulting and extorting a Chaguanas businessman, last week, have been granted a total of $550,000 bail.
Sgt Ramgoolan Deosaran, 44, of Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore; PC Anton Samson, 38, of Palmiste, Longdenville; and PC Inshan Khan, 32, of Brickfield, Waterloo, were granted bail after they appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday in relation to criminal charges arising out of the incident.
An acting police sergeant and two police constables attached to the Chaguanas Robbery Squad will appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Tuesday after they were all charged with misbehaviour in public office.
The charge arose out of an incident last Thursday in which they allegedly demanded money from a Central businessman.