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Police in weekend exercises

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith holds his machinegun aloft as he led a major nationwide anti-crime exercise over the weekend.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith holds his machinegun aloft as he led a major nationwide anti-crime exercise over the weekend.

COMMISSIONER of Police Gary Griffith led police on a major nation-wide anti-crime exercise over the weekend, a release from the TTPS stated yesterday.

Griffith was debriefed by divisional commanders on the success of the exercises yesterday at 6 am at Police Barracks. The exercise which took place over 48 hours, saw police arresting 138 people for various offences, seizing eight firearms along with an assortment of ammunition.

In addition, the police searched 22 drug blocks and found and seized “huge quantities” of narcotics, recovered two stolen vehicles, conducted 1,300 stop and search exercises, arrested 13 illegal immigrants, executed 14 search warrants and issued 230 tickets for various traffic offences.

This was the first major anti-crime exercise of 2019 across the nine policing divisions. Griffith was joined by ACP (Crime) Jayson Forde, ACP North-West Irwin Hacksaw, ACP (Operations) Joanne Archie and Senior Superintendents Floris Hodge-Griffith and Garth Nelson on the exercise which involved over 1,000 police officers.

Griffith operated in exercises in PoS Divison and in the Western Division. He noted this was one of the largest anti-crime exercises within recent times.

“These exercises were very important and over this weekend the country needed to be placed on lock down, with the TTPS providing an even higher visibility and creating a strong deterrent to crime,” Griffith said.

According to the release, the Commissioner said, says there has been a turnaround in criminal activities so far in 2019, as there have been 11 recorded homicides for the year, when compared to 26 for the same period in 2018.

The top cop says the police are pegging back the criminal elements who for far too long, felt they controlled the country.

Griffith noted that over the past 48 hours there were many exercises and having to deal with only nine people for DUI offences suggests there is a reduction incidences of drunk driving which means people are starting to adhere to their civic responsibilities.

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