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Moore: Improve police pay


Moore: Improve police pay
Toni Moore. (FILE)

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There is a need for men and women at all levels of the Royal Barbados Police Force to be better paid and for those who are in “acting” positions to be confirmed in the posts, says Government backbencher Toni Moore.

Speaking during debate on the Defence (Amendment) Bill, 2021, in the House of Assembly yesterday, the parliamentary representative for St George North and general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union said “improved renumeration” was an issue that needed to be addressed along with the “very real concern” of the Police and Barbados Defence Forces being “under-resourced and struggling to attract and retain officers”.

She said the issues of recruitment and succession raised the “reasonable question” regarding whether there was “a recruitment and succession crisis”.

“. . . It seems that the proposed amendments are being suggested at this time to address what may be classified as the perfect storm in the Defence Force, where officers are being allowed to retire at an early age when they are still considered to be mentally and physically able-bodied and having the capacity to serve, and in circumstances where there is a clear resource deficiency. One might even use the term understaffing within the armed forces. (GBM)

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