By Benjamin Flowers
The Belize Police Department will be getting a salary adjustment, effective April 1st.
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, retired Colonel George Lovell, explained that the ministry proposed to Cabinet in January that the increment cap for police officers be increased from pay scale 13 to pay scale 20.
“Some 24 percent of the department, from Assistant Commissioners to police constables had reached their limit and could not receive any more increments,” Lovell said. “This salary adjustments will put them on the same level as other public servants.”
Lovell added that apart from the raise in pay, the ministry has been doing more to improve the conditions of the department, including adding more officers and upgrading their equipment.
“We have moved from 1,000 officers strong just two years ago to 1,700 today, so we have more people on the ground doing the same job, relieving some of the pressure of the workload,” he added.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced the upcoming raise for the department at the presentation of the national budget earlier this month.
Barrow explained that the increased allowances for the police will serve “to right a historical injustice and put them on par with the rest of the Public Service.”