Griffith praised for promoting gender parity in TTPS
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was appreciated for his contribution and foresight that would see the police service launch a series of new initiatives to treat with gender-biased issues by the TTPS.
On Friday, the TTPS was represented by Inspector Ryan Duncan of the Community Policing Secretariat; WPC June Lashley Smith of Community Policing, Tobago; Samantha Griffith of the Trinidad and Tobago Victim and Witness Support Unit; and Patron of the Police Wives Association, Nicole Dyer-Griffith.
The contingent met with the CoP in a meeting which took place at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.
The team expressed gratitude to the CoP on his vision and support in affording the TTPS’ contingent an opportunity to participate in the United Nations Women’s Commission on the Status of Women Conference 2019 (CSW63).
In response, Griffith said “I am pleased the officers had the opportunity to attend, as their visit will help to create a roadmap for ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities, through the support of the expected launch of a Domestic Violence Unit within the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.”
He acknowledged the fact that having officers who are already trained in gender-related issues augurs well for not only the TTPS but for the national community.
President of the Network for Women Producers, Gia Gaspard Taylor, thanked the Commissioner for his support and for buying into the idea of having the officers participate in the session that would positively impact everyone. She said she looked forward with high anticipation to see the great impact the soon to be launch of the Domestic Violence Unit will have in the reduction of crime in this country.
Patron of the Police Wives Association, Nicole Dyer-Griffith who was also a member of the contingent, applauded the exemplary performance by the team and informed the Commissioner that not only did the team make him and the organization proud, but made Trinidad and Tobago proud by extension.
The session took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 11th to 22nd, 2019.
CSW63 aimed to promote the safeguarding and improvement of women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls.