President of the Police Social Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) Acting Insp Gideon Dickson, wants the the Ministry of National Security to introduce more protective measures for officers.
His calls comes on the heels of the death of 49-year old Acting Insp Mukesh Sookram.
Sookram died at the Couva Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
He had 19 years’ experience and was last assigned to the North Eastern Division.
Reports are that he died from COVID19, making him the second police officer to die from the virus, after PC Anthony Nicholson last week.
Dickson offered condolences to Sookram’s family and implored the authorities to meet with the association to discuss further measures to protect frontline officers.
He told the Newsday they were at constant risk of infection, given the nature of their jobs, and more resources were needed to better protect frontline workers.
Dickson said “The invisible enemy is real, and while we need to take our personal precautions, we also need the authorities to put certain mechanisms in place that would allow us to do our job safely.
“We have to deal with the illegal immigrants that are kept at police stations, we are called on to go out and interact with the public. And while we appreciate that finances are tight right now there should be some policy from the ministry to treat with officers on the job.