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CoP to revamp OCIU

Commissiner of Police Gary Griffith 

 PHOTO SUREASH CHOLAI
Commissiner of Police Gary Griffith PHOTO SUREASH CHOLAI

TWO years after the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau merged with the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit (CGIU), to form the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is seeking to change the organisational framework yet again.

Speaking at the weekly media briefing yesterday, Griffith said he have seen "the ball drop a few times" by the OCIU and was restructuring the intelligence unit so its information will be better shared throughout the TTPS.

"Police can only operate based on intelligence and the main unit for that was the OCIU," Griffith said adding his plans are awaiting approval and if it is granted, the operation of the intelligence unit will change.

Among the changes will be an over-arching unit called the Central Intelligence Bureau which will gather intelligence and share it daily with the other police units so that each police officer will be informed. He added that he is looking to be performance measured and this will drive intelligence to evidence.

Another part of his restructuring is the Chief of Staff position which will hopefully remove police officers from some units and replace them with civilians and put those officers to do "police work".

"We don’t need to increase quantity but to enhance quality" he said. He added that he will introduce under-cover police officers which will be different from plain clothes police.

There will also be a specialised unit dealing with firearm and illegal substances similar to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the US. Lastly the CGIU will be divorced from the unit and remain on it's own looking at both local and foreign gang activities as well as international illegal gambling.

Griffith refused to comment on speculation surrounding the resignation of acting Deputy Commissioner Harold Phillips. Phillips, who is due to retire next year, is reported to have tendered his resignation last week. Phillips applied to be Police Commissioner but was overlooked for Griffith.

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