Providenciales, 25 Jun 2015 – Police officers’ welfare came up when the Premier and the Commissioner of Police met earlier in the week.
“But when you have more bodies on the streets and visible, then you would be able to relegate those persons who are more specially skilled into the proper areas where they ought to be.”
It seems Government is ready to not only work with the Force to ensure there is better distribution of skills sets, but they are prepared to finance some changes.
“We’ll be looking at and addressing to see how and to what extent we can support, give financial support to that initiative and also in the area to have better working conditions.”
More hours on the streets will improve police visibility and police viability says Hon Rufus Ewing.
“We need to get more police officers from behind the desks and on the streets in the communities.”
There may have to be consideration given to delegating people outside of the Police Force to get tip information since the prevailing view of the public is that Police are not confidential about tipsters. The Premier believes these may be isolated instances but Hon Ewing explained that he has recommended to Commissioner James Smith that he surround himself with advisers and to employ the know-how of retired officers who can help to change the current climate on information sharing.