Policy change, SUVS coming to JCF
National Security Minister Robert Montague has announced that the Government is moving to change the policy as it relates to police personnel when they pass away.
Montague, speaking at the funeral of the late Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo on Sunday, noted the policy states that if an officer dies when he/she is not serving in the line of duty, they cannot be buried with full honours.
"A police officer is always on duty and if he dies in the line of duty, he is a police officer. He must be buried with full honours. It is the least we can do," he said.
Montague also announced at the funeral that JCF duty officers are to receive 19 mid-sized SUVs. He said the suggestion was presented to him by ACP Budhoo and that the procurement process had already begun for the vehicles.
"Divisional officers, when doing inspections, are short on vehicles and sometimes have to use their own vehicles. Government ought to provide vehicles for the duty officers in each division," he said.
Montague said the ministry has ordered a new hearse for police personnel to be transported on the final leg of their journey.
"Our police officers must be buried with the dignity they deserve," he said.
The thanksgiving service for the life of Budhoo was held at the Palmer's Cross Seventh-day Adventist Church in Clarendon.