Wednesday 8 July, 2020

CoP: Decision to ban cop from Police Academy not linked to online post

File photo: Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith

File photo: Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith on Thursday responded to a newspaper article, in which it was stated that a police corporal who criticised him on social media has been forbidden from entering the Police Academy in St James.

According to an article in the Trinidad Express newspaper on Thursday, a notice was sent to all Heads of Department at the Police Academy to ensure that the officer is kept out.

Speaking at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's (TTPS) media briefing on Thursday, Griffith dismissed the claims that officer was barred from the facility because of his comments on social media.

He said the decision was taken by the Head of the Police Academy based on specific actions that took place at the institution.

"He saw certain things that took place involving an individual and he took decisive action. That is all it was. I never knew the individual. I did not know who he was. I never saw what he put online. It is irrelevant to me. The decision was made based on specific actions that took place within the Police Academy, and the Police Academy made a decision," the Police Commissioner said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Police Academy Superintendent Andre Norton said there was no link between his decision to ban the police officer from entering the Police Academy and his online comments.

He said an investigation was launched into an alleged breach involving the officer at the Police Academy on June 12.

"An investigation was launched based on an alleged breach that would have occured on June 12. However, I was surprised when I saw the headline which was associated with a post that this individual would have made on June 11. This incident, which I would have launched the investigation into, would have occurred on June 12."

He added: "There's no relationship between my action and the post that was made online."

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