Griffith to approach AG over regulated use of pepper spray by citizens

    The Police Commissioner’s initial statement suggests a recommendation for pepper spray to be given to registered users, similar to a Firearm User’s Licence.

    In a bid to combat crimes against women, the Police Commissioner plans to discuss the regulated use of pepper spray by citizens, with government.

    Speaking at this morning’s TTPS media briefing, Mr Gary Griffith stated that he has done extensive research on the item, which he believes can save women’s lives.

    However, acknowledging that it is not an item which allowed in T&T, he wants to meet with the state to recommend a work-around.

    The regulation of pepper spray is one of several “action items” the Commissioner noted is in the works.

    He also urged persons to utilize the TTPS mobile app which has an SOS button for emergencies.

    The commissioner notes this is not a “be-all and end-all” but is part of several “action items” in the works.

    Meanwhile, Acting Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne called on the judiciary to utilize section 20(1) of the Domestic Violence Act.

    Acting Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne of the Gender-Based Violence Unit