Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Young urges police to be open minded about next Top Cop

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young has urged the police to be supportive of the next person to be appointed as Commissioner of Police.

Young was speaking with reporters at City Hall on Wednesday, following the swearing-in ceremony of Belmont East Councillor Nicole Young.

Minister Young took note of comments from the Police Service Social and Welfare Association (PSSWA) and members of the police executive, that they would not support former National Security Minister Gary Griffith for the post of Commissioner of Police.

Young said he felt that was the wrong attitude to adopt.

“I think it’s wrong to take an attitude up front that they’re not going to work with any particular person unless there is a very, very good reason," he said.

“If Mr Griffith is selected as the Commissioner of Police, I would hope as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago whose particular concern is the crime taking place in Trinidad and Tobago, that our policemen and women do what is right for the country and work with whoever is decided as the next Commissioner of Police."

Young further stated that the selection process is being done in accordance with the order of merit list and the procedures set out in the law.

Questioned whether Griffith's involvement in the court matter regarding the Section 34 scandal should be considered in the decision, Young said Griffith did no wrong. 

“He stood firm in the truth and is now a witness in a matter that involves the former Attorney General. I don’t see that as precluding him at all. If anything that might be an endorsement on his character that he was fearless and ready to stand up for the truth at a particularly difficult time.”

Young said the country must wait for the Parliament's decision on the matter which will be debated on Monday.

“Let us wait as a country. We are all looking on at this and we look forward to a police service doing what is right for Trinidad and Tobago. Parliament will decide on Monday with respect to Mr Griffith and what role he plays in the future, in particular whether he will be chosen as the next Commissioner of Police. ”


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