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DPM says all permanent police officers were paid lump sum

Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that all permanent police officers received a $1,400 lump sum payment promised by the prime minister but admitted that “one or two” may have been omitted in error.

“As far as I’m aware, all police officers were paid,” he said.

“You may have had some reserve officers that may not have gotten paid.

“The program is really geared towards permanent and pensionable public servants, and we believe we have covered most of that. There may be one or two that have been omitted by error or omission, but by and large we believe that we have met our commitment to the public service in that regard.”

Police Staff Association (PSA) Chairman Sergeant Sonny Miller told The Nassau Guardian earlier this week that over 300 police officers were excluded from the $1,400 lump sum payment promised by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

Miller said those officers feel “slighted” and noted that the excluded officers were on contract and had “reached pension”.

Last week, Minister of National Insurance and Public Service Brensil Rolle said it was the government’s intention to pay all 22,000 public service employees a lump sum payment of $1,400.

However, he later confirmed that not all workers would be eligible to receive the payment after all.

He said the lump sum payments were to be paid to members of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU); teachers; permanent employees who are paid weekly; members of the uniformed branches (police, customs, defense force, immigration, etc); and Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) staff, including doctors and nurses (does not include consultant doctors).

He also indicated who will not be paid: other government authorities and corporations; members of the judicial branch; contract workers hired outside the Public Service Commission; 52-week program employees; air traffic controllers; ministers and members of Parliament.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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