JIS News

Officers in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) have received wage increases of 25.5 per cent for the two-year contract period 2006 to 2008.
As contained in the heads of agreement, which was signed yesterday (Nov.1) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston, the officers, from the rank of Assistant Commander to Deputy Commandant, will receive a 19 per cent increase in year one and a further 6.5 per cent increase in year two.
The agreement is similar to that signed with rank and file members of the ISCF last month.
The officers will begin to receive their new salaries in November, with retroactive amounts to be paid in December.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government, informed that in addition to the improved wages, the officers would also receive a 75 per cent increase in death benefits from $4.5 million to $6 million; and increases in education benefits, uniform, housing and driving allowances, as well as other technical allowances.
Chairman of the Island Special Constabulary Force Officers Association (ISCFOA), Deputy Commandant Neville George, noted that the officers have agreed to accept the wage package, which was reasonable.
“We know that security is not cheap and we need better pay in order to sustain our standard . but in the interest of the nation, we accepted this increase. We believe that this is reasonable.”
He recommended that at the end of each year, police officers should receive a bonus in addition to their regular pay, as well as better pension benefits after they have served for more than 30 years.