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Corrupt officers must be weeded out

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The lives of protective services officers are at risk on a daily basis. There should be higher salaries paid than what is presently paid. It is the one area where money must always be found as you cannot eat the fancy equipment or save it in the bank. But there must be no room for weeds of corruption within the services.

Anyone, from designated farmer to householder with a little garden knows that you have to remove weeds the minute you spot them. The same must be done for corrupt officers. No removal with a full salary pending enquiry, should be entertained. Allegedly corrupt officers should be immediately pulled out and placed on a fixed stipend until the matter can be tried in a court of law.

Harsh? Undemocratic? What about their family commitments? Nobody asks the weeds if they are good or bad weeds. However, there needs to be a special court for fast tracking complaints. The court must deal with officer complaints within a six month timeframe. Upon expulsion you will have no entitlements beyond three months of your full previous salary when you signed on.

All applicants for protective services positions should be informed of the harshness of their plight if sufficient suspicion of corrupt practice is demonstrated. It will be a case of the money or your life of fiscal comfort if you stray off the straight and narrow path of service to the public.

Higher salaries and harsher conditions for bad behaviour should see the recruitment of better officers. Dare I say that there should be no trade union activity within the ranks? Striking will be outlawed as it prevents proper service to members of the public. The protective services should have their own court of appeal comprising senior officers from all the various branches of the protective services.

All applicants must unequivocally understand, before they sign up, that the public must be honestly served to the best of their ability.

You are either in or you are out. You cannot always catch all the weeds but neither should they be encouraged to grow.

Lynette Joseph
Diego Martin


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