Police Commissioner says foreign assassins paid to kill him


Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

PORT OF SPAIN,  Trinidad -Trinidad and Tobago’s  Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, says he is aware of plans to assassinate him, using foreign killers but said he is not perturbed and would continue his job to deal with the criminal elements in the country.

Addressing front-line police officers and their families at the Police Academy last weekend, Griffith warned that crime had become “big business”.

“Now they have reached a point where to try to kill me they have to bring in persons external. It shows how irrelevant they are, now they have to bring in foreign used criminals to try and kill the commissioner of police,” Griffith said at the ceremony.

Last week, the Trinidad Guardian newspaper reported that the assassins from Venezuela were hired to murder Griffith, Superintendent Roger Alexander and members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

The newspaper, quoting intelligence sources, said that the plot was hatched by gang members targeting officers “for retaliatory violence”.

“It is unknown when and where the planned executions would take place, however, their modus operandi includes the use of overt surveillance on their intended targets, most likely utilising motorcycles,” the newspaper reported, quoting what it said was a confidential document, titled “Alert, Plot To Kill TTPS Officers”.

Griffith told the ceremony that he was not perturbed at the report to assassinate him saying “the day that stops that’s when I would be concerned, because it means I am not doing my job.

Griffith, a former senior member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, who also served as a national security minister, reminded the police officers that they should be their brothers’ keepers since “it is critical to ensuring that the lives of each and every one of you stay secure, you must have each other’s back”.