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April 27, 2023

CMC (Trinidad & Tobago) – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has rejected an offer from former Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to help government in its crime fight.

The former top cop had requested that Rowley meet with him and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to discuss solutions to the “crime crisis”.

However, responding in Parliament on Wednesday to a question from Naparima MP Rodney Charles about whether he would consider that request, the Prime Minister made it clear he had no interest in meeting with Griffith.

“As chairman of the National Security Council of Trinidad and Tobago, I have very good reasons not to meet with Gary Griffith under any circumstances,” he said.

As far as the opposition is concerned, Rowley said “they have obstructed every single attempt we had to fight crime in this country”.

“In the event the Opposition intends to change its course and support the Government in crime fighting…in this Chamber and out of this Chamber, the Government always stands ready so to do,” he added.

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