Cops stipend is for food - Transport Authority

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March 16, 2016

A police sergeant who works with the Transport Authority (TA) can, in two days, pocket more than minimum-wage earners do in one week, information from the TA reveals.

A sergeant is given $3,500 a day by the agency to defray the cost of breakfast and lunch. Corporals get $2,500 per day and constables $2,250.

The minimum wage in Jamaica is $6,200 per week. President of the National Council of Taxi Association, Dion Chance, in a previous interview, expressed shock that the police were being paid a stipend by the TA.

Yesterday, Chance said he received further information from the authority and was satisfied.

"To be honest, if it is that they are out there with them from early as 6 a.m. to 4-5 p.m., what they get is to buy a breakfast, lunch, and a snack. I don't see a problem if it is for food. The TA inspectors are getting same so I don't see a problem. The amount is another thing to look at but the principle behind it is ok," Chance said.

Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, was unavailable for a comment.

"The police officers, like the Authority's route inspectors, work under special working conditions. This includes being deployed on shifts that starts at 6 in the morning and sometimes even earlier. There are occasions when duties end at 11 p.m., and sometimes later in remote locations," Donald Foster, managing director of the TA, said.

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