UK training for local Cops to prosecute criminals

A new colour-cod­ed threat alert sys­tem and train­ing for po­lice of­fi­cers to pros­e­cute cas­es are some of the im­me­di­ate out­comes of a week-long vis­it to the Unit­ed King­dom by Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith.

Grif­fith en­gaged in “sev­er­al meet­ings with law en­force­ment of­fi­cials from vary­ing de­part­ments,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on his In­sta­gram Page.

Grif­fith, along with Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young, and Chief of De­fence Staff Hay­den Pritchard met with of­fi­cials from Scot­land Yard, the Joint Ter­ror­ism Analy­sis Cen­tre, the Na­tion­al Cy­ber Crime Cen­tre, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Train­ing Fa­cil­i­ty among oth­er agen­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to Grif­fith, a colour-cod­ed threat alert sys­tem will be im­ple­ment­ed with­in the Po­lice Ser­vice “hope­ful­ly” in about three weeks. The lev­els will be green, am­ber, red and black. The lev­els will in­crease based on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from T&T’s in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

“You will no longer be hear­ing about per­sons claim­ing that they in­tend to beef up se­cu­ri­ty,” he said. “We do not work in an abat­toir to beef up se­cu­ri­ty.”

Grif­fith says there are im­me­di­ate ben­e­fits to this, as “each and every po­lice of­fi­cer, every di­vi­sion will be aware of their role and func­tion based on the es­ca­la­tion of the threat and colour code.”

Grif­fith be­lieves this will en­sure max­i­mum ef­fec­tive­ness with­in the ser­vice.

A Unit­ed King­dom team will al­so ar­rive in a few weeks to train lo­cal po­lice pros­e­cu­tors to plug “sev­er­al loop­holes” that al­low crim­i­nals to es­cape jus­tice.

Grif­fith ad­mits that mis­takes have been made, but he says he will utilise the ex­per­tise of this team “to as­sist” in en­sur­ing that cas­es are air-tight.

The team which will be con­tract­ed will help the TTPS “go through the sys­tem prop­er­ly, ac­cu­rate­ly and en­sure there are no loop­holes and win­dows of op­por­tu­ni­ty” for al­leged crim­i­nals.

While he says the TTPS is deal­ing with law en­force­ment, he says they must al­so deal with how cas­es are pros­e­cut­ed to elim­i­nate “op­por­tu­ni­ty for per­sons to beat the sys­tem.”

The Com­mis­sion­er al­so aims to es­tab­lish a spe­cial counter-ter­ror­ism unit aris­ing out of his vis­it to the UK.

Griffith said, “I have contracted a senior prosecutorial team from the UK to assist the police service ensuring we could improve the prosecutorial aspect of the police service. Many loopholes used by people charged by police have resulted in them beating the system. This training will assist the criminal justice system with respect to policing.”

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