NASSAU –– Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said police officers could remain on 12-hour shifts for another year or perhaps even two years, depending on the need.
Police Staff Association (PSA) chairman Dwight Smith threatened to take legal action last week if the organization did not hear from government officials about compensation for officers within two weeks.
Smith claimed officers were worn out after working extended hours for more than a month.
Greenslade said everyone in his organization should be cautious about what they said and ensure they did not step out of order.
“I want the public to understand that the commissioner is not going to be dictated to,” Greenslade said in a recent interview.
“I operate within the law. I am governed by the Police Force Act of 2009. [Again] I am not going to be dictated to.”
The PSA said it sent a letter to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie on October 11 outlining the law that dictates when government employees should receive overtime pay.
Asked whether any consideration is being given to more compensation, Greenslade said it was a non-issue. He said officers should not be complaining and should not petition the government over matters that were their sworn duty.
Greenslade said Smith must remember his place within the organization, and should “fall under authority
and discipline”. He said he was satisfied as commissioner that the needs
of officers were being met. Officers recently received a food allowance of one
meal per shift, which cost the force more than $100,000, Greenslade pointed out as an example of officers’ benefits. (Nassau Guardian)