Without mincing words, Police Commissioner Trevor Paul made
it clear yesterday that officers deployed to work specifically
for the ICC Cricket World Cup locally will not be paid extra
However, their 60 colleagues assigned to work with regional
counterparts in various Caribbean islands will be paid US$30
daily, plus salaries and possibly overtime.
These officers will also be given free accommodation and
meals, Paul said.
But President of the Police Social and Welfare Association
Cpl Cedric Neptune is insisting that lawmen were, in fact,
permitted to collect extra duty allowances for duties performed
in T&T during the Cricket World Cup.
In an interview yesterday, Neptune said the eventexpected
to start on March 5was of a private nature
and officers were entitled to their allowances.
is a private organisation making the arrangements, so obviously
officers must be paid extra duty, said Neptune.
But in a hastily-called press conference, Paul explained
that because the cricketing body entered into an arrangement
with the T&T Government, by extension, police officers
assigned to work during the World Cup will be working for
question of extra duty, therefore, does not arise,
He explained that extra duty was paid when officers volunteered
to carry out their services on behalf of a promoter.
in this case, officers are carrying out their functions
on behalf of the State, Paul reiterated.
Neptune also made the claim that the association wrote to
the CoPs office, expressing their concerns but were
yet to receive a response from Paul.
But a tough-talking Paul said on February 7, that members
of the association were present at a meeting planned specifically
for the Cricket World Cup, to be held locally.
He said no concerns for overtime or extra duties were raised.
Regarding the selection of officers, Paul said they were
chosen from a cross-section of the Police Service and were
cannot have people who are unprofessional to carry out the
job, Paul said.