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A comprehensive renumer-
ation package, low mortgage
rates and for the families of
police officers killed in the line
of duty to get $1 million as
These are among the requests
made by the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association for
today s budget.
In an interview yesterday, the
association s secretary acting
Insp Michael Seales said given
the trying situations officers
have to encounter on an almost
everyday basis they ought to be
Using the Beetham as an
example, Seales said: "Given the
different things you would have
seen in the past couple of weeks
and the demonstration by the
police of their loyality to their
country, the Beetham incident
stands out, and why it stands
out, because the police demon-
strated that they are second to
He said when officers die,
their spouses and children often
have to fend for themselves and
sometimes it is difficult for
them to make ends meet.
"We would like to see for
police officers who are killed
in the line of duty, we want
nothing less than $1 million as
a start to cover the expenses
of their spouses and children,"
"If not, at least a salary given
to the wife for the next ten
years and education for the
children up to the age of 18,"
Another matter to be imme-
diately addressed, he said, was
the upgrade of equipment.
Seales said some officers have
been using bulletproof vests for
the past ten years which had
passed their expiration dates.
"We don t just want equip-
ment that is substandard. We
want equipment that is of
world class standard which
meets international best prac-
tices," he said.
In giving an example, he said
the shields used by the police
during last Monday s protest
were not up to international
"That s what we need, proper
shields and even things like tear
gas must be of a proper stan-
dard...all supply of equipment
must be of world-class stan-
dard," Seales said.
"We also need each officer to
have their own bulletproof vest
because as it is now, that is not
Saying the salary for police
commissioners was too small,
Seales said the Government
should upgrade it to what former
police commissioner Dwayne
Gibbs had received.
Gibbs, obtained a monthly
salary of $132,916, while his fel-
low Canadian, Jack Ewatski, who
was deputy police commissioner
in charge of operations took
home $106,333 per month.
What police body wants...
Pay $1m to families of
cops killed in line of duty
for big bite
There is some concern on what formula would
be used to implement the property tax which is
being returned in the form of the Land and Building
Taxes. Howai said the tax would be implemented
with "appropriate consultation in terms of the rate."
The People s National Movement s bid in 2009
to increase the then property tax, became the subject
of the COP s "Axe the Tax" election campaign.
When the PP assumed office, a moratorium was
placed on the tax, depriving corporations of that
Former Central Bank governor Ewart Williams
last week said the Government should say how rev-
enue was forgone with that measure (among other
Howai has already eased motorists fears by assur-
ing the fuel price will remain the same. In last year s
budget, Howai had said the Government would start
making moves on the gas subsidy in the course of
that financial year.
But this has been deferred for another two years,
Howai has projected, while the Government imple-
ments CNG conversion programmes.
If the Government sticks to that time frame, it
will take the PP into a general election year---2015.
In budget planning over recent weeks, a number
of ministers had argued against moving on the fuel
subsidy at this time, it was confirmed.
Sectors tipped for the biggest share of the budget
pie once again include national security, health, edu-
cation and social development.
New National Security Minister Gary Griffith said
while he was unaware of what funding the ministry
would receive, major anti-crime initiatives planned
by the Ministry under the past minister would still
be pursued as well as recommendations he (Griffith)
made to the National Security Council. These includ-
ed operationalising the National Operations Centre
Griffith said a certain amount of time had already
been spent by other ministries---and National Security
under ex-minister John Sandy---pursuing anti-crime
initiatives via social programmes, and while this
would continue with those ministries, his ministry s
focus at mid-term is on-the-ground action involving
law enforcement and deterrents.
In another area, the Health Ministry had sought
a 2014 allocation similar to what it received in 2013,
the ministry confirmed. The 2013 allocation was
$5.1 billion, ministry officials said.
She came second
runner-up overall but
Patrice Thomas and her
supporters of the
Performers thought it
was worthy of
celebration at the Le
Gran Z'Affair show, the
La Reine Rive queen
final of the Prime
Minister's Best Village
Trophy Competition at
the Queen's Park
Savannah on Saturday.
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