Watch: Top Cop says TTPS on 'full alert' as election campaign begins
File photo: Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith
As citizens prepare to head to the polls on August 10, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would remain "vigilant and on full alert, to prevent any subversive element from attempting to affect our democracy."
His statements follow widespread protests in and around the capital city over the killings of three men in Morvant last Saturday.
In a statement on Saturday, Griffith said "any attempt to cause such mayhem and destruction reminiscent of July 1990, was struck down by the TTPS this week."
The Top Cop said the Police Service have matured immensely since that period and learnt from its shortcomings.
The Commissioner also sent a message to those gangs which have reportedly joined forces to fight the police.
He said he would not back down or surrender.
"In other words- they could team up all they want, we are fully equipped, trained, and ready to take on any element that attempts to disrupt the country."
"Based on the concept that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, several senior gang leaders have formed a strategic alliance in their attempt to assault the city, but their true colours have shown, because when their mission failed, since then they have hid in their holes, hence leaving their criminal element soldiers to fend for themselves, which caused the disorganized attempt to still enter the city the following day, and were again pegged back."
To those offended by his "aggressive character trait", Griffith said: "Let them know I have a country to defend, and I would do it to the best of my ability within the law. Had it not been for that character trait coming out to lead our officers into a virtual war zone, the country could still be under siege and looking similar to what we saw days after July 27, 1990."