Miller: ‘Persons are joining Police Force because of its attractive benefits’
June 22, 2010
Miller: ‘Persons are joining Police Force because of its attractive benefits’

Commissioner of Police Keith Miller is of the firm belief that many persons are joining the ranks of the local constabulary because of its attractive benefits.{{more}}

Speaking on Thursday, June 10, at the 29th Passing Out Parade of 54 new police officers, at the Old Montrose Police Station, Miller noted “the police force has become more of an attractive place, in that our salaries are more attractive,” Miller stated.

Outlining some of the perks of being a part of the constabulary, the top cop said they have created “lots of things to make life better for individuals.”

If a police officer dies while serving, his/her child/children will be entitled to receive a police scholarship. Furthermore, Miller revealed that there are provisions for scholarships and assistance to retirees who continue to contribute to society.

Miller expressed his joy in the fact that 27 of the 54 graduates have joined the police health and life insurance at Sagicor. He said coverage of the officers will continue even after retirement once the necessary premiums are paid.

“For these reasons, I must remind you of the importance to settle down and work hard,” Miller implored.

Also addressing the parade, Senator Michelle Fife noted that in comparison with salary scales for the force over the past nine years, there was an increase of 65% for constables, 48% for corporals and 36% for sergeants.

Fife also said that legislation has been passed to increase the retirement age from 50 to 55.

Attorney General, Judith Jones-Morgan also on hand at the graduation ceremony, said that the recurrent budget reveals a substantial improvement in pay and financial assistance for education and proper working conditions.