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Apr 20, 2021

An Appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs

Jermaine Hyde

There are approximately two thousand one hundred police officers who belong to the association. While Hyde did not wish to take a position, the letter speaks to getting assistance from the ministry to offset the cut in salaries. He breaks down the realities facing police officers.

 

Sgt. Jermaine Hyde, Chairman, Police Association

“Majority of our police officers do travel from point A to point B on a daily basis. And when they travel, it entails that they have to buy their own meals for the day and everything. So a lot of them were open in saying that they believe that with a ten percent cut, the money that they are using for travelling is the money that will be touched. We don’t want to venture into politics and ministers and whatever; that’s not our position as an association. But just look it over and see what they can do to help alleviate some of the stresses that cutting our salaries would cause. Like the letter mentioned, we know that the country is going through some financial situation. We are not going to shy away from that. If you look around the country is in a very bad position when it comes to the economy. But I believe that they can look over it and in any way that they can ease us as police officers, because the police is out there 24/7, holiday, any weather so see what they can do for us as police.”

 

Duane Moody

“So cut wi salary, freeze wi increment, but help we out. That’s what you are saying?”

 

Sgt. Jermaine Hyde

“No. I am not saying that and don’t get that from me. I am not saying that. But like I mentioned earlier and alluded to certain things, there are certain things we won’t say openly so I mean the letter is out there and it speaks for itself.”
Sergeant Hyde says ComPol Chester Williams and Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa have begun a tour to listen to some of the concerns brought forth by the association.


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