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Apr 20, 2021

Police Association Breaks Silence on Salary Cut/Increment Freeze

Today, the Police Association called a press conference to address a letter being circulated that addresses the salary cuts and the increment freeze that will also affect police officers. While the document, addressed to the Minister of Home Affairs and copied to the Commissioner of Police, did not carry the official letterhead and signatures of the central board of the association, Chairman, Sergeant Jermaine Hyde confirmed the contents are genuine.

 

Sgt. Jermaine Hyde, Chairman, Police Association

“We had a consultation with our membership, meaning all the members of the police department who are below the rank of sergeant and below throughout the country of Belize, and basically what we did in that letter was outline what they were saying with respect to the ten percent salary cut for three years and the increment freeze. So the letter basically is a reflection of letting their voices be heard of what they will be facing if we are given a ten percent salary cut or increment freeze.”

 

Jermaine Hyde

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“Is it the position of the association and its membership that they do not support a ten percent cut and salary increment freeze for the next three years?”

 

Sgt. Jermaine Hyde

“Like the letter alluded to, members are saying that….there is nowhere in that letter that we mentioned anything about not wanting a ten percent cut. But they are mentioning that if unu take ten percent of our salary we basically will be in a bad economy situation; strains will be caused on the police officers and stress and the work that the police does is a 24/7 service to the members of this country. You don’t want a police officer to be out there thinking about finances, while thinking about enforcing the law.”


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