Tuesday 13 November, 2018

'Overwhelming response' to Griffith's crime hotline

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s crime tip messaging line, which gives the public direct access to the Top Cop, has seen overwhelming public response since being launched on Monday.

But Commissioner Griffith is today appealing to citizens to only Text or WhatsApp information pertaining to serious crimes, particularly murder. The hotline, 482-GARY(4279), is currently able to facilitate text or WhatsApp messaging only and not yet structured to facilitate voice calls.

He says the response thus far is a clear indication of the public’s willingness to partner with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, in reducing serious crime and making the country a safer society.

Griffith said the new initiative is aimed at building public trust and confidence in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, in the areas of crime prevention and detection.

Information submitted via text or messaging are assured that the information would be treated with the strictest confidentiality and that identities are not disclosed.

On Monday, Commissioner Griffith announced that he had opened a direct and confidential line of communication with the public, to enable persons to share information on criminal activities, with particular reference to murder.

The Top Cop hopes that the new initiative gives the public the confidence that they can safely pass on information directly to him as Commissioner, backed by the assurance their identities are protected and that their report will be investigated and action taken as necessary.


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