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Former Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

SHARLENE RAMPERSAD

There is no evidence of a spike in murders in the past ten weeks since the contract of former Police Commissioner Gary Griffith came to an end.

This according to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Public Information Officer, ASP Sheridon Hill.

Speaking during a press conference at the Police Administration building in Port of Spain on Tuesday morning, Hill was asked to address statements made by Griffith that there was a spike since his contract came to an end.

Griffith said there were 55 more murders compared to the same period in 2020, when he led the TTPS.

“We have no information on that,” Hill said.

Superintendent Rishi Singh of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations said since 2011 there has been an upward trend in murders.

Singh said the yearly average between 2011 and 2020 was 428 murders per year- with the lowest number- 352- recorded in 2011and the highest number- 539- recorded in 2019.