Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is dismissing criticisms of a video circulating on social media showing him and a soca artists dancing at his End of Year event.
The video has received mixed responses with some people being critical of the partying while the murder rate remains at close to record levels, while others say he is human and also needs a break.
At the event which was attended by politicians, businessmen and members of the diplomatic corps Griffith admitted it has been a difficult year for him and his family even revealing that it has negatively impacted his health.
In a WhatsApp conversation with Griffith about the video and the negative feelings it could evoke amongst victims of crime the Commissioner replied: “Your Group Chairman and CEO also attended. And?”
The 35-second video, which showed Griffith and soca artiste Iwer George singing to George’s hit “Show Me Your Rag” while other party-goers jumped and danced was taken at the End of Year Cocktail Reception hosted by Griffith and his wife, Nicole Dyer-Griffith at the Commissioner’s official residence in St James on Saturday night.
When told of the criticisms about him to partying while more than 500 citizens had been murdered under his watch and asked to respond to those critics, Griffith wrote, “I would contact your Group Chairman and let him know of your concern and he was “partying as well.”
Griffith then sought to give career advice, writing, “Maybe you should join a tacky weekly gossip tabloid. It may be more appropriate. You are so idle to be concerned about the views of less than 5% of bacchanalists. Says a lot. Or maybe lack of news?”
Asked again to respond to the criticisms, Griffith wrote, “You need help.”
The Commissioner came to office promising a reduction in crime and in murders assuring that is the benchmark he intends to be judged by. Since coming to power he has presided over the second highest murder rate in the country’s history.