Police Commissioner Gary Griffith. Azlan Mohammed/AZP News
POLICE COMMISSIONER Gary Griffith is hinting that he may resign his post after continuing criticisms – the latest being for a cocktail reception he had at his official residence in St James on Saturday.
On a Facebook post on Monday, Griffith said, “To those who have spent their time trying to demonise me, I hope you and those who you love, are prepared to get what you ask for.”
A video of him singing soca and pictures of guests including politicians and people facing the courts are being shared on social media.
People have also questioned why people with criminal charges should have been invited to the reception and also if it was prudent to host such a function after the murder toll has crossed 500.
Griffith has responded in Facebook:
“Happy Anniversary to my wife. Sorry my darling. I would have taken you out, today but this country has so many educated critics, they may see someone in the restaurant, and accuse them of being a PNM, UNC or XYZ, or the bartender may have been a suspect somewhere, so I may be condemned for dining there, or somone may come over to say hi, and because his/her salary range is over $5,000 a month, I may be accused of associating myself with white collar criminals.
“Sorry Nicole- this is what our society has become- after putting my health on the line by working 18 hrs a day, 7 days a week, putting my life on the line daily in an effort to pull back this country from the brink of decay, being forced to have you and my son migrate because of several death threats on you, – the thanks I get for this is attacks from every quarter, to the point that I am told not to socialise and be seen doing anything other than work because of the murder rate.
“So my apologies my darling- over the last 14 mths, I worked 18 hrs a day, 7 days a week and this is seen as not enough- so I would be forced to eliminate sleeping, or doing anything like even taking you out for dinner because these wanna be crime experts say that a Police Commissioner should be more responsible due to crime in the country.
“Maybe it is indeed time I give these crtics what they want. To those who have spent their time trying to demonise me, I hope you and those who you love, are prepared to get what you ask for.”