Top Cop: Bail Amendment Bill needed to fight crime

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    Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

    Police Commissioner Gary Griffith believes amendment of the Bail Bill is needed in the fight against crime.

    The change will ensure that a criminal is imprisoned for 120 days if found with a firearm, however concerns have been raised that it can be abused by police.

    Mr Griffith acknowledged this concern but believes this excuse is a usual ‘cop out’ in not doing what is mandatory to ensure law and order.

    He says statistics has shown that in the last decade, over 75% of homicides in T&T were committed with illegal firearms.

    Mr Griffith believes this should be seen as a catalyst to approve such a Bill which will take away guns from criminals and get potential murderers off the streets.

    Attorney General Faris Al Rawi kicked off debate on the bill in the Senate today.