Word has it that the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago are
Silly you say? To hold a regular human being in such high regard? Marvel fans are fuming! Let’s get down to where all the hype for this man is coming from.
As you may already know, Trinidad has one of the highest crime rates in the Caribbean and has been bouncing around the top 10 highest rates in the world (…the entire world) for a couple years. Let that sink in. For six years prior to Griffith’s appointment, Trinidad and Tobago had an acting CoP. Five years prior, Mr. Griffith was appointed the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago from September 2013 to February 2015. Little did the criminals know what would be in store for them in three years from then.
On 17th August 2018, Griffith took office as the OFFICIAL CoP of the TTPS…no ‘acting’ business over here. Just three days later, Griffith established a personal cell phone number as a crime hotline where citizens of Trinidad and Tobago can WhatsApp or text 482-GARY. Four days later he promoted 7 officers to Assistant CoP. Griffith then brought to fruition an anti-crime initiative involving officers on
The very first Operation Strike Back took place on 2nd September 2018 and resulted in the arrest of 24 suspects in connection with homicides and serious crimes. Just two days later, Griffith pulls off the largest promotion of officers to Senior Superintendent; 25 officers were proud to hold their new rank as Senior Superintendent. He also promoted 39 officers to Superintendent.
On this same day Griffith met with representatives of the US Embassy Law Enforcement Working Group, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Department of Homeland Security, US Military, US Department of International Narcotics (nope the prestigious attendees are not done yet!), US State Department Regional Security Office, US Department Bureau of Consular Affairs and US State Department Political and Economic Affairs (whew!). The meeting was held to discuss a working relationship between the TTPS and the US Embassy.
Operation Strike Back continued on several random dates between the 9th to 21st of September 2018. During this period, over 150 persons were taken into custody for various
FUN REMINDER: September was the FIRST full month Griffith served as CoP. A little over a month and he had already accomplished all the above.
Entering October, Griffith approved a request for pepper spray, tasers
Amidst his separate meetings with security heads of the European Union and High Commissioner of Canada, Griffith was buzzing between other tasks; such as visiting police stations across Trinidad and Tobago and documenting their challenges to committing to the clearing of Firearm User’s Licenses applications which are in a backlog up to before 2015. By the end of October there were 60 new police vehicles equipped with
BLOOP! Has it been a year? Nope, just two full months in office and he wasn’t done yet.
November brought on the drug busts. On 9th and 25th of November and 4th of December
Then came the threats…
Criminals, pranksters, “haters” started sending Gary threats about killing him and his wife. Citizens who had grown to love Griffith and finally started to feel hope and safety were now fearing for his life. When questioned about the threats, Griffith’s response was, “I would expect to get these desperate threats on a regular basis. Certain criminal elements felt that they were in full control and this nation belonged solely to them to do as they pleased.
Griffith then took the opportunity to launch a campaign called “Street Talk” to address delinquency, gang involvement
The OG continued his quest to touch on all pertinent matters, not only with regards to
Nearing the end of November into December there was a stream of separate kidnappings. Every single Kidnapped victim was found and released within 24 hours. The OG warned kidnappers, “We WILL hunt you down.”
The OG had previously asked to give him one year to make a difference. He has been in office for four months and already made a year’s difference in the eyes of many. Some call him an angel, some call him an Avenger, whatever he is called the Caribbean is looking on with bated breath, hoping he succeeds in his quest to make a major dent in the crime rate of sweet T&T.
— Crime Index for Country 2018 Mid-Year. 2018. https://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings_by_country.jsp
— Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Corporate Communications Unit