Carmona urges support for cops’ families
PRESIDENT Anthony Carmona yesterday urged Government to have policies changed with respect to the wives and children of police officers so they could receive financial support if they were killed in the line of duty.
Carmona was the feature speaker yesterday at a cocktail reception held at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain which followed this year’s Independence Day parade at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
With both the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Keith Rowley present, the President waded into the issue as several high ranking police officers listened with approval.
Carmona said, “What happens to the wives and children of these slain officers and as I say that I recall the death of Sgt Hayden Manwarring.”
Manwarring was given a national award posthumously last night.
Carmona added, “I am urging you to pass legislation to give the wives of fallen soldiers and police two years’ pay and to the children a dependency allowance until the age of 18.”
His statement was greeted with applause from the many high ranking police present yesterday.
Sgt Manwarring was shot dead in February following a confrontation with four men during an alleged robbery in San Fernando. Four men are currently before a San Fernando Magistrate charged with his murder.
The preliminary enquiry is ongoing.