Friday 25 September, 2020

Commish commends cops for election day safety

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has commended police officers for their 'exemplary and professional' conduct during yesterday’s General Election. 

Griffith noted that at least 95 per cent of police officers turned out for duty ahead of Monday’s polls. He said the figure could have been higher, noting that several police officers had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, while many others were in quarantine. 

He said police officers reported for duty as early as 2 am on Monday and worked until every polling station had completed the counting of votes.

Griffith noted that apart from the election day duties, officers also had to carry out their daily policing routine, and ensuring the country was safe. 

He said from all reports he received, the members of the TTPS were very professional, ensuring that all public health guidelines were enforced at polling stations. 

Griffith emphasised that the TTPS remains the frontline state agency and has been functioning non-stop over the last nine months, moving from the Local Government Election on December 2, to Christmas, to Carnival and to the COVID-19 lockdown, which started in March.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Griffith said his officers were employing new technology to reduce the country's crime rate. He said as of today’s date, there were 64 fewer murders than the corresponding period last year, while overall crime had dropped by 25 per cent.

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