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Dec 13, 2019

ComPol explains big payment for extraneous hours for SPU OC.

Chester Williams

Just mischief or is there a case for a closer look at a huge extraneous payout to the head of the Special Patrol Unit? If you ask Commissioner of Police, Williams he’ll tell you that someone is trying to create problems over a non-issue but others have raised eyebrows at the hefty sum collected by S.P.U.’s Superintendent Aaron Gamboa. According to reports, Gamboa collected over three grand in compensation for working extra hours – some calculations put it at over two hundred hours in extra duties put in by the Head of the S.P.U. Well, Commissioner Williams told the media today that the payment was for legitimate hours worked during the September Celebrations and that those payments were authorized by the Ministry of Finance after it was verified. Williams says that others have received more in extraneous payment – so he believes the questioning of Gamboa’s payment is being stirred by someone who wants to create mischief. Here’s how he explains it.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Mr. Gamboa, I demand my commanders to be on the ground, especially one like Gamboa who is in charge of a very sensitive area, the St Martin’s area. I require him to be on the ground almost every day because he has a responsibility to ensure that the Martin’s area remains peaceful. So, during the time of extraneous, if it is that the officers perform their extraneous duties then they are entitled to be paid for it. Extraneous is not something that we have just started to pay, it has been paid from time in the memorial. There have been times in the past where officers have collected more than what Gamboa is collecting but no issue has been made of it. So, I don’t understand why now an issue is being made over what Mr Gamboa has collected.”



“Sir, it is only because they are saying that  Aaron Gamboa claimed that he worked 211 hours in one month – that is over three thousand dollars in overtime and that would mean that he worked seven hours extra every day, seven days a week. Is that even possible?”


Chester Williams

“I do not agree with what you are saying because if you look at the time sheet – the people who are creating the mischief do have the timesheet -  and it has the hours that he works per day. There are some days that he works fifteen – I think there are three days within the spate of time that he works fifteen hours per day. There is nothing wrong with a person working fifteen hours per day. So it is not to say that Mr. Gamboa is doing anything out of the way.”

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