By REBECCA KUKU
POLICE have taken off the payroll 490 “unattached” officers as part of a clean-up process to make the law-enforcement agency more lean and efficient, an official says.
Police Commissioner David Manning said the objective was to be a fair and responsible employer and at the same time avoid carrying extra people in the payroll.
He said there were officers not attached to any police command but were still being paid.
They were taken off the payroll in the last pay.
“We have personnel who are collecting a salary and not earning it, who self-transfer at their own whim and then disappear, but are still being paid,” he said.
“So only those who HR (human resources) receives correspondence from their commanders confirming they are working in the command will be restored on the payroll.
“Those who are not claimed will not be included in the payroll.”
Comm Manning said the 1PPP (one person, one position, one pay) policy called for a “completely new way of managing our workforce”.
“It is a situation that I and my executive inherited but a situation that requires to be corrected,” he said.
“We continue to address these issues in our HR division.
“And the constabulary in its efforts to establish itself as a responsible and fair employer must also exercise duty of care to ensure we do not incur unnecessary budget blowouts due to carrying more people in our payroll beyond our personal emolument budget allocation.”
Comm Manning said that there were officers who did not have a position but were working – a “structure issue that we are working with the Department of Personnel Management to resolve through structure review steering committee”.
“The focus of this work will be to confirm the current operational structure through which we are delivering services to the people.”
Sources at police headquarters told The National that police commanders had been instructed to verify the employment status of 1,000 members and staff classified as unattached at the end of last year.
So far, 500 had been identified as working under a police command while some had died.
“The remaining 490 members were put off the payroll in the last pay,” a source said.
By REBECCA KUKU