Gary Griffith

‘Protecting citizens’: CoP Gary Griffith.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the police is sparing no effort and is doing all that can possibly be done to peg back the recent spike in homicides experienced over the past 36 hours.

He said the homicide rate has spiked with eight homicides in the past 36-48 hours, after a 3-day period of not a single homicide being recorded in the country.

These incidents which are unrelated have occurred across various divisions and are engaging the attention of the TTPS.

Commissioner Griffith adds that a number of key policing strategies have gone into immediate effect and will continue over the coming days to increase security.

These include:

 Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning;

 Every available police officer will be out on the streets

conducting static and foot patrols;

 All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols;

 Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty;

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 Officers have been called upon to perform additional hours of

work;

 Roadblocks and stop and searches;

 Joint Police and Army patrols; and

 Other intelligence-driven initiatives.

There have been a recorded 280 homicides for 2019 thus far when compared to 302 for 2018.

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