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Overtime money, the bacchanal clincher

Published: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Scandalous amounts of money being paid in overtime for police officers running into millions cannot be supported.

Money is the name of the game and the root of all evil. Change the spelling of ‘root’ to ‘route,’ and we are well away to understanding why crapaud is smoking the police reputation pipe these days.

Documentation is missing and blame lies at the feet of ‘lack of staffing and human resources? Let us not proceed any further down that road that leads to the usual old talk about ‘all ah we does tief, including the police’.

The important thing now is for officers to put personal reputation first. Modern technology catches up with everybody and the days of freeness and skullduggery are over.

Ask yourself this: Suppose the police salaries are raised so high enough that there will be no need for officers to criminalise themselves over illegal overtime demands. Higher salaries will attract applicants with higher educational qualifications. An enhanced career path will make for a win/win situation.

The leaders of the police trade union would be better employed encouraging officers to be compliant with what it means to properly protect and serve.

The rank and file need to take a look in the mirror, back peddle on the nonsense going on and put T&T citizens and the taxpayers first.

Importantly, it can be considered that superintendents in charge of each police division should be automatically named as a Deputy Commissioner of Police. They can take turns to deputise for the Commissioner of Police whenever necessary.

The proof of the police pudding will be in the eating.

Lynette Joseph
Diego Martin

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