Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith has ordered an investigation into police officers who he says stood still and did nothing while 1,000 spectators witnessed a cricket match in Central Trinidad last Wednesday.

The CoP said that it was only when he gave instructions for the match to be shut down, that the police officers on the scene made any attempt to disperse the crowd which had assembled.

The large crowd breached the COVID-19 protocols and caused a traffic nightmare along Pierre Road, Charlieville.
He noted that disciplinary action can follow if the investigation shows those police officers did not carry out their duties.

Commissioner Griffith said when he received a report that there were breaches of the Public Health Regulations, he instructed the Senior Superintendent in charge of the Central Division to shut down the event.

Although there were officers present throughout the match, it was only when they received instructions that the police officers went onto the field and stopped the match.

The large crowd began to disperse subsequently. A representative team from the TTPS was engaged in a semi-final match in the Central T10 tournament at that time.

The CoP reiterated that there must be NO spectators at team sports during the COVID-19 Pandemic.