The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has made it clear that the association will be fighting hard to ensure adequate financing for law enforcers next year.
“We know for sure that our police officers do not receive the recognition, reward and remuneration they deserve for the dangerous, stressful, life-changing jobs that they do,” Chicot told a news conference Wednesday morning.
He called on police officers to be brave and give a fair day’s work, since the government will be asked to cooperate in providing a fair day’s pay.
Chicot told the news conference that despite the challenges facing this country, police continue to deliver the best service they can.
“We all know the saying ‘To whom much is given, much is expected’ and we know that this has not been the case with the police as we have been given very little and much has been expected,” the PWA President told reporters.
He asserted that despite the circumstances, the police have produced much.
“The members continue to give, with the little that has been given. We continue to put country before self and family. No matter how volatile the environment, we give more with less,” he stated.
According to Chicot, the recent decision of the Police Commissioner to recall all officers from ‘much needed’ vacation leave is testament to the fact that police officers sacrifice their lives, friends, families, health and peace of mind to ensure tourists and more importantly, citizens of the country, are safe.
He confirmed reports that the association has decided to part company with the umbrella Trade Union Federation (TUF).
“By way of a mandate from the membership of the Police Welfare Association, we have severed ties with TUF,” Chicot stated.
He observed that the move has been the subject of many discussions among members who decided that the time is right to recognise the PWA’s own autonomy.
According to Chicot, at this time and in the current environment the PWA must agitate,articulate and negotiate for what is best for its members.