The Police Welfare Association (PWA) says it has been informed that moves may be afoot to collect revenue for the government from cash earned by moonlighting police officers.
PWA President, Travis Chicot, while making it clear that the association is not adopting a position against such an initiative, asserted that the organisation does not find such a development “fitting” in the “present environment.”
“It is not really the best move now because we know negotiations – we have not heard any word with regard to whether we will have an increase or not,” he explained.
The PWA President said that to burden members of the organisation by collecting revenue from small payments for off duty employment would not be supported at this time.
According to Chicot, the money made by police officers who moonlight or engage in off duty work for private individuals or companies, also called “special duty”, goes back into the economy.
He was at the time commenting on reports that the Police Commissioner had summoned officers involved in special duties to report to him.
“I had a chat with the Commissioner with reference to the communique and what I know is that this document is an internal document and I am not privy as to how it got out,” the PWA President stated.
He disclosed that based on his discussion with the Police Commissioner, the document was issued in an attempt to regularise special duty and know where officers are participating in off duty work.
Chicot said the PWA has no problem with special duty regularisation.
“However, we have heard a new development in such a matter, where the ears of the Police Welfare Association have been informed that such a move is to collect revenue on behalf of the government,” Chicot revealed.
“However, the Police Commissioner, in conversation with him, has said carte blanche that this is not what it is and we take the word of the commissioner at this point in time. However, the Welfare Association will do its investigation into the matter,” the PWA President asserted, adding that “not too long from now” the association will summon a news conference regarding the issue.