...Ramesar calls for $1m payout for slain officers
A MILLION-dollar insurance payout should be made to the beneficiaries of police officers killed in the line of duty, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) acting Insp Anand Ramesar has said.
Ramesar made the statement yesterday as he expressed the TTPSSWA’s appreciation to President Anthony Carmona for taking his time “to look at the needs of police officers and their welfare”.
Speaking at reception held on Saturday, following the Independence Day parade, Carmona spoke of several hardships facing the country’s police officers.
Carmona said police officers are in mental and emotional pain and need the help of psychologists to help them deal with violent crimes and prevent them from bending the rules of law enforcement.
Speaking to the Express in a telephone interview yesterday, Ramesar said the TTPSSWA “fully endorsed” Carmona’s statements.
“In this regard his (Carmona’s) recommendations are fully endorsed by the association and we are calling on the stakeholders to pay particular attention to what was said and to work with us towards achieving a status quo that is consistent with the recommendations,” Ramesar said.
Carmona also raised the issue of the financial assistance provided to the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
He specifically mentioned the case of Sgt Hayden Manwaring who was shot dead after responding to a robbery in February.
Manwaring was posthumously awarded a Humming Bird Bronze Medal for Gallantry at this year’s national award ceremony held at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) on Saturday.
Carmona called for the creation of legislation to have the spouses and minor children of “fallen soldiers and police officers” compensated.
He suggested that the equivalent of two years of the deceased officer’s salary should be provided to their spouse and a dependency allowance should be paid to their children up until the age of 18.
Ramesar called for the establishment of a million term life insurance policy to help with the compensation of the beneficiaries of officers killed in the line of duty.
“For too long the police officers would have been a victim of continuous procrastination and empty promises towards treating with the cause of the association to look at the provision of a million dollar insurance coverage for police officers who lose their lives whilst on duty and statistics will show over the last couple of years many police officers have lost their lives whilst on duty,” Ramesar said.
Ramesar however noted that no amount of compensation could bring back the life of a loved one.
He said the association will be “piggybacking” on Carmona’s recommendations when it approaches the Chief Personnel Officer this week to deliver salary proposals.
“These recommendations (from Carmona) will be repeated. So that we are piggybacking on some of the recommendations of the president, we also hope that the voice of the president of the Republic (of Trinidad and Tobago) would bring an end to the reluctance to reasonably treat with the needs of police officers and that for a first time police officers would be recognised, evaluated , compensated and rewarded for the significant role that they plan in the lives of the citizenry,” Ramesar said.