(Trinidad Guardian) 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.
Speaking to Guardian Media from the UK on Monday, Commissioner Griffith says some of the results from the trip would be seen in as little as three weeks.
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.