“Stop calling and come and find me,” challenged Police Commissioner Gary Griffith as he responded to a fifth death threat was made against him in four days.
Saying the death threats were getting “boring,” Griffith said those who wanted him dead should come out and find him, rather than waste the police time and resources by calling in threats.
The fifth death threat was made against Griffith and the Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad Bissessar around 2.50 pm on Saturday.
Guardian Media was informed that the Police Command Centre received a call in which the caller used a number of expletives.
The caller said he had two guns and was coming for Commissioner Griffith and Persad-Bissessar.
In response, Griffith said, “This entire matter is getting rather boring.”
He noted the death threats proved that he was doing something right, as it seems “certain elements of illegal trade were being hampered.”
“It seems that some are trying to make themselves famous by threatening to kill me, but instead of grand charging and boring us, I would ask them to stop calling and come. They could find me. I promise to make them famous,” he said.
The CoP said he does not need the endorsement or support of criminals and those who commit violent crimes, adding he preferred to put them behind bars.
Expressing concerns that the ridiculous calls were wasting Police time and resources, Griffith said the E999 was meant to be used for emergency situations and not to issue death threats.
To date, three persons have been arrested and charged for the offences.
Three suspects including a 12-year-old boy were arrested earlier last week, in separate incidents for calling and making similar threats on the life of the Commissioner. The boy pleaded guilty to the offence and was released into his parents’ custody on Wednesday.
In one case, Mahindra Ramnath, 35, was remanded to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he appeared in court on Thursday.
Ramnath, a medical school drop-out from Palmyra Village, San Fernando is accused of threatening to behead the Commissioner and kill his wife, Nicole Dyer-Griffith. He will reappear in court on January 16.
Calls to Persad Bissessar’s cell went unanswered.