Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith, as he spoke with the media this morning at International School in Port of Spain, when he stopped by to check all was well with the voting process. (Image: Shirley Bahadur)

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has commended all police officers for what he described as their exemplary and professional conduct during Monday’s general election.

In a statement yesterday Griffith noted that at least 95 per cent of police officers turned out for duty on election day.

He said the figure could have been higher, noting that several police officers had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, while many others were in quarantine.

He said police officers reported for duty as early as 2 am on Monday and worked until every polling station had completed the counting of votes.

He said apart from the election day duty, officers of the TTPS also had to carry out their daily routine of policing and ensuring the country was safe.

Griffith said said from all reports he received, the officers were very professional, ensuring that all the Public Health Ordinance guidelines were enforced at polling stations.

He also emphasised that the Police Service remains the front line State agency and has been functioning non-stop over the last nine months, moving from the Local Government Elections on December 2, to Christmas, to Carnival and to the COVID-19 lockdown which started in March 2020.

Apart from the election day duty, Griffith said his officers were using new technology, all in an effort to reduce the crime rate in the country.

He said as of yesterday, there were 64 murders less than the corresponding period last year while overall crime had dropped by 25 per cent.