President of the Police Social and Welfare Association (PSWA) acting ASP Michael Seales said yesterday the association supports any programme that will strengthen law enforcement.
He was responding to the announcement by Finance Minister Colm Imbert during his presentation of the 2017-2018 budget that a national crime prevention programme will be set up to better deal with crime and violence through detection prosecution and rehabilitation.
The minister did not go into details how this programme would be rolled out or who would be the main players. Yesterday, in response to the new programme, Seales said,“ The association will be watching very cautiously as this programme is rolled out to see what role the TTPS will play. The association supports anything that strengthens law enforcement particularly if it is noteworthy at the prosecutorial arm of law enforcement.”
During his presentation of the budget yesterday, Imbert said the $8.4 billion allocated to national security over a three-year period was sufficient, but Seales said he begged to differ claiming, “We have not seen that amount of money translated into modern equipment and uniforms for the TTPS to increase their performance.”
Seales also pointed out that with the introduction of the manpower audit in the police service which is expected to be completed at years’ end, he is hoping if there is a manpower shortage, the Ministry of National Security makes it mandatory that the shortfall is filled with haste.
National security was allocated $6.4 billion which represents a $2 billion decrease.