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Monday 10 August, 2020

Griffith plans to win public's trust, work with police to solve crime

Former National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, has thanked all those who offered him words of encouragement on his nomination to the post of Commissioner of Police, by the government.

A total of 19 government MPs voted in favour of Griffith during the motion which was brought in the Parliament on Monday. 13 Opposition MPs who were present abstained while no one voted against.

In a statement issued less than an hour after the vote, Griffith said he needed no “honeymoon period” as he intended to work hard to gain the trust of the public and work alongside the police to ensure the safety of citizens.

“To those law-abiding citizens who have been sceptical of this decision made, it is my intention to win over your trust and support in the very near future. To those within the Service who may also share concerns, I assure you, I am well aware that I can never do this on my own, and I am certain, despite what is reported in the mainstream media, those who took the oath to protect and serve, will do so with pride. We are all aware that a team is as strong as its weakest link, and part of my role is to ensure all links are bolstered.”

Griffith said he is aware that the post of Commissioner of Police comes with great responsibility, a challenge he is willing to meet.

He also outlined some of his plans to do all that is required to achieve this feat.

“I am intent on utilizing Leadership, Management, Accountability and Measurement of Performance as standards of practice, whilst implementing methodologies that will advance a strategic, future-oriented, targeted approach to crime control, focusing upon the identification, analysis & management of persisting and developing problems or risks, also known as Intelligence Led Policing.”

He said, however, that he will not give further details as he awaits the official transition and handover period from current acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams of whom he praised for his service to country.


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