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A female police motorcyclist suffered a
blackout while riding and collided with a
police car on the Beetham Highway yester-
She was treated for a fractured arm and
Around 9.30 am, WPC Leela Modeste of
the Highway Patrol Unit was heading east
when she began feeling unwell, police said.
Modeste, who joined the Police Service two
years ago, clipped a patrol car which had driven
up alongside her and fell off her motorbike.
The accident happened near the NP gas
station and caused a traffic build-up as two
east-bound lanes of the highway were tem-
porarily blocked off. Modeste s colleagues took
her to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope, where she was treated
Contacted yesterday, a senior police officer
said she was "doing fine." He said the routine
patrol was a normal daily occurrence and it
was unfortunate that Modeste fell ill while on
Motorcycle cop hurt after falling off bike
A worker at
house along the
part of the fight
The Prisons and Fire Services are giving the
Prime Minister a week to address the non-payment
of the $1,000 special monthly allowances they say
are due to them.
The special allowance was first given to the police
from 2010, and then to the Prisons and Fire Services
in 2012. No retroactive payment was made to the
The officers yesterday went to deliver a letter to
the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, outlining
They were greeted by press secretary Francis Joseph.
Acting president of the Fire Service Association
Second Division Ashton Cunningham said members
of different services were given different treatment.
"The Special Reserve Police are being paid the
allowance, and the supplemental police are being
paid the allowance, and the Auxiliary are not being
paid the allowance, which exemplifies (that) they
and Fire and Prisons are being paid differently to
members of the Police Service.
"Fire officers and prisons officers are being treated
differently, this inequitable treatment must stop," he
Cunningham said this issue had been raised before
but the officers would be taking a stand which would
result in something positive.
"We are one unit and must be treated as such. It
is long we have been waiting," he said.
President of the Prison Service Association Ceron
Richards said members of both Fire and Prison Serv-
ices would be inclined to take matters into their own
hands until the situation was resolved.
Richards said the first level of unfair treatment
was negotiations in 2010 in which Fire and Prisons
Service were given a five per cent increase in salary
while the police were given more.
"If we fail today, the Government will
find that prisons and fire won t stand idly
by. We are going to act. Their confidence
is diminishing and it must be restored, and
the Prime Minister has the ability to restore
that level of confidence," he said.
"We don t know if this is the new mode
in treating members of national security
(forces), but this has become commonplace.
We are here to correct that and if we are
not given a response, Fire and Prisons are
going to act differently. I don t know if the
PM and the Cabinet can control our actions.
We are not going forward unless this uneven
treatment is corrected immediately."
Prison, fire officers seek $1,000 backpay
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith said he was willing to meet with
members of the Fire Service Association.
"I believe that proper dialogue and
communications is always more
productive than protests and threats. It
is unfortunate at this time, they it would
be better if they came to me and voice
Griffith said he would rather handle
issues over a table than deal with
threats at a "picket line."
"I can't speak for Prisons which falls on
Ministry of Justice, but I am more than
willing to meet with them," he said.
Griffith said their threats could do
nothing more than discredit the image of
our law enforcement agencies and the
reputation and professionalism the
public demands from them.
Justice Minister Emmanuel George
said he met with the POA frequently and
heard the subject mentioned before.
"We have spoken to them (POA) from
time to time and the Ministry of Finance
is to deal with them. That is part of the
negotiations which is going on now and
the CPO's office," he said.
WILLING TO MEET
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