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Tuesday 4 August, 2020

CoP: 482-GARY not for calls, reporting mango thieves

Pictured: Police Commissioner Gary Griffith addresses reporters at a media conference.

Pictured: Police Commissioner Gary Griffith addresses reporters at a media conference.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s 482-GARY number is not for citizens to report trivial matters such as mango and fowl theft.

Further, this number is only to be used for WhatsApp messages and not for calls.

The Commissioner gave the clarification in response to a Letter to the Editor in the Trinidad Express titled “16 calls and still no Police in Sight.”

In the letter, penned by Clyde Alphonso, the individual claimed that he called and made several reports about a “constant traffic violation” in his area.

Griffith made it clear that the 482-GARY number is not to be used to report traffic violations or trivial matters.

That number, he said, is to be used to give information, send photographs or videos about serious crimes taking place throughout the country.

“The 482-GARY is not to report that a man stole a mango from your yard, or persons ran away with your fowl, or a car is blocking the roadway. This number is catered for providing vital information on crime,” Griffith said.

He assured that he responds to people who submit such information, which remains confidential.

The Commissioner added that crimes can also be reported online through the TTPS App, or by calling 999 or 555.

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