Pay the promised $1 million

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Instead of saying what was not done, the Government should now do the right thing, and pay the promised $1 million compensation to the family of servicemen who have died in the line of duty, sources in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service stated.

It is true that the People’s Partnership Government promised to give the relatives of deceased officers the $1 million. That came about following the murder of Sgt Hayden Manwarring in February 2012.

Then Minister of National Security Jack Warner was behind the idea of compensating the relatives of those officers killed in the line of duty. Warner left the Ministry in April 2013. It was left to those who succeeded him to make this a reality. The National Security Officers’ Foundation was then formed and recommendations were made to the last Government, but not one cent was every paid out.

Since this Government came into officers last September, a number of servicemen have been killed and not a word about the $1 million compensation. The last officer killed was PC Anson Benjamin who was shot while responding to a burglary at Chao Yong Supermarket, Naparima Mayaro Road, St Clements last Monday night. He died on Thursday at the San Fernando General Hospital. He was shot once in the head. He last worked at the Ste Madeline Police Station.

According to police sources, both Stuart Young and Maixe Cuffie played politics at the post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, saying that no policies were put in place by the last Government, so no money for the relatives. “Well, seven months have passed, Ministers, and still you have done nothing to make it a policy. Will that be your legacy?” sources asked.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, speaking in Parliament on Friday, said Government would pay the compensation, but only when all procedures are in place. The question is when.

Three Ministers in National Security, and still nothing. The Police Second Division Association has done nothing to push this matter on the front burner.

We are no closer to resolving this matter, just like no closer to solving the spike in murders so far for 2016.

BACKGROUND

*** Sgt Manwarring was shot with his own gun during a fight with a robbery suspect in San Fernando on February 19, 2012
Manwaring, who spent most of his career in the Southern Division, was the investigating officer in several big cases including the matter of Jason Edwards, who was arrested during the 2011 State of Emergency and charged under the Anti-Gang legislation.

On February 19, 2012, Manwaring and other officers responded to a report that Mom’s Diner at Cipero Street, San Fernando, had been robbed.

The officers spotted the get away vehicle, a Nissan AD wagon, at Padmore Street, located off the Gulf View Link Road. It was during the apprehension of one of the suspects that Manwaring’s gun was taken away and he and PC Phillip were shot. Manwarring died later at hospital.

***Prisons officer Fitzalbert Victor, 32, was shot in the head and body by a man who walked up to him at his Prizgar Lands home on February 28 this year.
The shooting happened at around 6a.m. and resident reported hearing rapid gunfire, similar to that of a machine gun.
Victor was still alive when police officers arrived. They took him to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.
Victor was assigned to Remand Yard, Port of Spain.

***In November last year, Prisons Superintendent David Millette was shot dead at his home at Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, Morvant, in which police said was a killed ordered from the Maximum Security Prison, where he worked. Millette was on vacation leave at the time, and his killing was a message sent by underworld sources.

Those who have died in the past, where no compensation was paid to relatives.

russelNo. 19603 Police Constable
Russell Ramnarine
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
End of Service: Monday, December 14, 2015
Length of Service: 1 Years
Age: 24
Police Constable Ramnarine was fatally shot while Conducting investigations in San Juan.

 

govindraNo. 8984 Special Reserve Police Constable
Govindra Ramroop
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
End of Service: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Length of Service: 2 Years
Age: 25
Special Reserve Police Constable Govindra Ramroop was fatally shot while on duty at the Guapo…

 

miletteSuperintendent of Prisons (Ag.)
David Millette
Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service
End of Service: Monday, November 2, 2015
Length of Service: 27 Years
Age: 50
Superintendent (Ag.) Millette was fatally shot while outside his home at Cipriani Avenue,…

 

shermanNo. 18992 Police Constable
Sherman Maynard
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
End of Service: Friday, July 24, 2015
Length of Service: 17 Months
Age: 27
Police Constable Maynard was fatally shot while in pursuit of escaped prisoners.

 

emerson9874 Corporal
Emerson Keane
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
End of Service: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Length of Service: 15 Years
Age: 38
Corporal Keane died as a result of a vehicular accident on the Eastern Main Road, Laventille…

 

kayodeNo. 11017 Lance Corporal
Kayode A. Thomas
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
End of Service: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Length of Service: 9 Years
Age: 33
Lance Corporal Thomas was attacked and fatally shot while in Laventille.

 

anil-persadNo. 16396 Police Constable
Anil Persad
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
End of Service: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Length of Service: 9
Age: 30
Persad was fatally shot while on a police exercise in the Biche forest.

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