Griffith Wants HQ for TTPS

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

IT’S about time that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) gets its own headquarters which will result in a fiercer fight against crime and a reduction in government rental expenditure.

A press release on Tuesday by the TTPS stated that a meeting was held that same day with officials from the National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (NIPDEC) and Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

The meeting was held at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Griffith indicated to NIPDEC that the TTPS operated without a headquarters for the past 30 years with different sections such as Special Branch, Cyber Crime and Anti-Kidnapping Unit being based in different buildings.

During the meeting the Griffith said he intended to utilise the new police headquarters as a “War Room,” where the police can deal with kidnappings, any natural or man-made disasters and operations.

Griffith also stated that the building would require a heavy investment in Information Technology (IT) that would ensure optimum connectivity, as the heads of strategic units like the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB), Multi Operational Police Section (MOPS), Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Homicide, and Cyber-Crime Unit will operate from the new headquarters.

Discussions also focused on the acquisition of police vehicles and a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for the TTPS, the release stated.

Head of Executive Management Services Sheldon Edghill, Head Administration Someet Ramroop, Programme Manager Patrick Cunningham, represented the TTPS while NIPDEC was represented by General Manager Raymond Hackett, Head of Property Development Vyas Ramphalie and Head, Finance and Accounts Jabari Cozier.


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