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Dec 1, 2016

Police Cannot Ignore Welfare, Warns Commissioner

Allen Whylie

Since the beginning of the year, a number of police officers have died of natural causes and concerns are being raised about the physical wellbeing of the men and women of law enforcement.  While they all participate in a program that ensures the financial security of their loved ones in the event of tragedy, ComPol Whylie says that officers must do more to safeguard their health.  He also says that the fund established to assist the spouses of deceased officers is very much active.


Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“Indeed yes, I must again offer condolences to the various families.  We have five or six deaths for this year already and indeed it‘s alarming because it‘s a lot of young officers with very bright potential.  All of them were from natural causes, to my recollection.  We have to understand that sometimes officers join the department with pre-existing conditions that we don‘t know of, also there are other times that they develop various conditions through the stress of the jobs, the rigors of the job, the poor health, the poor diet and the poor eating behavior.  I‘ve always urged the commanders to ensure that we try to do the in service training which involves two sessions per week, one session should be a physical training and then I‘ve also tried to urge my officers to look at their personal hygiene and their personal health.  Many times as human beings we tend to ignore feelings of illness or not feeling good or we believe that we will heal ourselves.  And sometimes going to the doctor early can assist us in some of these preventions.  The widow and orphan system is still there, officers do pay into that and once they die then their family should benefit.  There is also the issue of where, in terms of any outstanding vacations that may have existed, those families are paid for those.  There is also the issue of the one-year that they are also awarded and then we also try to assist through the police welfare and the police reward fund.  But as I said, it‘s incumbent upon all the individual officers to do their physical, do their physical, do their perhaps annual or biannual checkup dependent on their situation or their family history and then where we are they are able to help otherwise we also try to help.”

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