November 19, 2020

Commissioner Griffith: T&T’s 2020 Murder Toll May Be “Well Below” 400

By Newsroom

Trinidad and Tobago is on trend to possibly record “well below” 400 murders for the year 2020.

This is according to Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, who says the current murder toll is 115 less than the number recorded for the same period in 2019.

The murder toll for 2019 stood at 539- a 4.3% increase from the previous year.

The Top Cop made the projection while speaking at an awards ceremony for 51 officers who were honored for their efforts to dismantle three gangs in this country over the last three months, arresting 18 gang members. 

He attributed this achievement to “the good intelligence and structure and the detectives’ dedication, discipline and productivity in the Anti Gang Unit.”

Commissioner Griffith assured that with the continued, aggressive efforts of the detectives, the TTPS will be certain to “clip the wings of criminals.”

A total of 36 persons have been charged for the year thus far and 88 persons for the last six years for gang-related activities.

Commissioner Griffith congratulated the 51 officers for their extraordinary efforts in “pegging back gangs tremendously” which he said has resulted in a major reduction in gang-related activities and murders.