Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann:
MINISTER OF National Security Peter Bunting has said the promised implementation of a pension scheme for the island's district constables should become a reality next year.
Responding to queries from several speakers at the annual general conference of the United District Constables Association (UDCA) at the Cardiff Hotel in Runaway Bay, Bunting said the Government is committed to a pension plan.
"I spoke with Minister (Horace) Dalley, I can't give you a date when it will become effective, but certainly we will be working very hard for this to come into effect in the first six months of next year; that's the kind of time frame we're working with," Bunting said.
"Between now and then, there will be a lot of work that need to be done, a lot of dialogue between the association and the Government."
His comments came after Senior Superintendent Glenford Hudson of the Police Officers' Association, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, of the Jamaica Police Federation; Island Special Constabulary Force Commandant Christopher Bowen, assistant commandant, St George Jackson and UDCA president Delroy Davis, expressed concern about the implementation of the pension plan, after Government has agreed to the measure.
Davis said district constables were willing to contribute to the pension plan and are awaiting the start-up date.
He also used the opportunity to suggest ways to boost the morale of district constables including assigning them to ranks, as in the case of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, such as district constable (DC) corporal, DC sergeant, DC inspector, and so forth.
"These are the things to motivate our members," Davis said.
Davis also called for 100 per cent adjustment in funeral grants, which now stand at $100,000, and the $210,000 which is now offered to family of DCs killed in line of duty.