Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Top Cop defends movement of three prisoners to Building 13

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is advising that the movement of prisoners to Building 13, at the Maximum Security Prison compound, was based upon a request made to the Commissioner of Prisons.

A statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), indicated the Commissioner of Police made a request to the Commissioner of Prisons based on intelligence gathered by the TTPS recently, and the Commissioner of Prisons has agreed to cooperate with the request.

It comes after head of the Islamic Front Umar Abdullah on Monday said he was concerned and baffled by the decision of the prison authorities to move three remanded prisoners to a building, which he claimed was condemned and deemed unfit for housing inmates.

The Commissioner of Police said he is curious as to why an external agency is so concerned with where prisoners are moved to or housed.

He added that Building 13 is one of the most modern facilities in the Prison system, so contrary to negative utterances, the three prisoners will be well taken care of.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police is reminding the public that dozens of violent criminal acts outside the prison have been issued from behind prison walls.

He said the Police and Prison Services will do all that is required to eliminate communications between prisoners bent on targeting persons from their cell blocks and members of the public that are desirous of carrying out these wishes.

Members of the public with any information about any intent to cause violence to members of the law-abiding public are asked to contact 800-TIPS, 999 or text 482-GARY.

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