Police officers’ grievances prompt Welfare Association Chair to call a meeting with Division A  personnel

In a season of sit-ins, strikes and pickets, tensions were heightened even more this morning when the Police Welfare Association called for a meeting at the St. John’s Police Station.

All officers of the A Division – which includes that station, the Criminal Investigations Department, the Narcotics Division, the Traffic Department, officers at Police Headquarters, the Grays Farm Police Station and Langfords – were invited to the 10 a.m. meeting.

Earlier today, REAL News spoke to Corporal Marilyn Harris, the new Chair of the Association.

Harris related a number of outstanding issues up for discussion, such as officers’ frustration with paying medical expenses out of pocket  and then encountering difficulty in being reimbursed.  

The expectation of optimal performance of their duties in very poor and unsanitary working environments was another issue.

The Chairman says the lack of insurance for officers is also a major grievance, as they were promised that the issue would be resolved by the end of 2021.

Harris could not give a time when today’s meeting would conclude, but REAL News will continue to follow this developing story.