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Cops have right to protest for higher wages ... but must not neglect duties - ACP Bailey

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey (centre), head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC), addresses the media as Victor Barrett (left), assistant superintendent of police, and Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin look on during a press conference at CTOC’s Corporate Area headquarters, yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, the head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC), has come out on the side of rank-and-file members of the constabulary in their pursuit of a better salary structure.

"I fully understand the plight of some police personnel and feel that indeed, they should get better salaries," Bailey said yesterday during a press conference at the CTOC headquarters, where he spoke about an operation in which counterfeit goods valued at $10 million had been seized.

He said that the awesome responsibility carried by the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force demands a far-improved wage package.

However, Bailey added, while members of the force are holding out for improved wages, it is important that they understand the need to serve even under dire straits as that is the service they signed up for.

"I want to say that while I support my colleagues in their call for higher wages, I want to likewise remind them of their duty to the country in securing the public, even through this time," said Bailey.

 

LAST WEEK'S SICK-OUT

 

Nearly two dozen police personnel from the CTOC reported sick last week in response to the Government's three per cent wage increase offer in year one and three per cent in the second year.

Bailey noted, however, that the sick-out had little to no impact on the operations of the branch. Two other groups - the teachers and nurses - have categorically rejected the Government's wage offer, saying it is not enough.

Bailey said that low wages, among other things, could impede the quality of output by the police but noted that despite the challenges, the police have been doing a good job, primarily in his branch.

So far this year, the CTOC has reaped success in dismantling the Uchence Wilson Gang and played a vital role in the seizure of more than 119 assorted guns destined for Montego Bay, St James, from Miami, Florida.

This week, they were at it again, with the seizure of counterfeit sneakers, slippers, and caps from a haberdashery in Montego Bay.

The seizure was made on Wednesday when a team from the CTOC went to the Beauty Queen Haberdashery, located at 11-13 St James Street.

Seized were 733 pairs of fake Converse sneakers, 240 Nike slippers, 372 pairs of Nike sneakers, 76 pairs of adidas slippers, six Louis Vuitton travel bags, three Gucci travel bags, two Puma caps, five adidas caps, 18 Nike caps, 11 Jordan caps, and 15 Gucci purses.

Thirty-seven-year-old Young Sen Li, a Chinese national, was arrested and charged for the unlawful use of a trademark. He is set to appear before the St James Parish Court on January 24, 2018.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com