The Minister of National Security Major General Edmund Dillon, has categorically stated that the Government will honor the $1 million compensation package proposed by the previous administration to families of all members of the services slain in the line of duty.
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) and the Protective Services both fall under the authority of the National Security Minister.
Minister Dillon highlighted that the $1 million compensation package would be paid to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service and Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS).
A release issued yesterday by the Ministry of National Security stated that the government recognized the sacrifices that the men and women made on a daily basis to defend and protect the citizens of our country.
It said that in September 2014, the previous Government had accepted the proposal from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to pay $1 million to relatives of any member of the Protective Services killed in the line of duty.
However, there had been no disbursement of the promised payment to date notwithstanding the death of Police Constable Sherman Maynard who was on duty outside the Port of Spain Prison on July 24, 2015.
It release ended by saying the Minister of National Security was committed to putting in place the mechanism to get the Cabinet approval to effect the payment to family members of officers killed in duty.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley gave the assurance that the matter is receiving government’s attention.
Dr. Rowley however admitted that the government does not have the necessary support mechanisms in place to make immediately treat with the request.
He had been addressing a PNM audience at a meeting in Malabar, earlier this week.
Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley.