Police Welfare Association Chair details officers’ struggles for basic tools – including proper uniforms and cleaning supplies

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REAL NEWS-Police officers continue to struggle as they wait to be equipped with the proper tools to perform their duties – including basic things like uniforms.

The Police Welfare Association (PWA) Chairman, Corporal Marilyn Harris, says only some officers are able to receive uniforms, while others in need have to continue wearing their less-than-perfect police gear.

Harris says that officers expect to be allotted two uniforms annually; but, over the past decade, this has become an issue. She says her executive has received information that the non-availability of uniforms has to do with the non-payment of vendors.

Further, even cleaning and hygiene supplies for police officers are scarce, at times, Harris reports.

The PWA Chair says she is hoping that, before year-end, officers will be in a better position and a more secure place, since her executive is not going to give up its fight for better working conditions.

In the meantime, and in spite of their challenges, Harris says officers will not be daunted and will continue to protect the Nation.

The PWA Chair notes that an unsafe work environment is also a danger to the general public, since persons visit the stations to make reports and can be exposed to hazards.

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