Entry requirements for police welfare association to be removed

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Issue 325, Page 3
Word count: 291
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Executive Council announced yesterday the 45-year-old Judiciary Police (PJ) Staff Welfare Association would be restructured and membership requirements would no longer be limited by positions and salary.

A spokesperson, Tong Chi Kin, said at the government headquarters that discussion of amending the Administrative Regulation relating to the PJ Staff Welfare Association was completed in order to provide more supplementary welfare for its 700 members.

After the modifications are published in the Official Gazette, all PJ staff as well as their immediate family members will be eligible to join the association and become beneficiaries.

Since the association was founded in 1963, police staff who earn more than 450 salary index points or 24,750 patacas are excluded from the associations benefits.

To cover the extra costs the membership fee will be increased by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent of the staff’s gross salary.

The association’s administrative management and executive committees will be overlooking its internal affairs including finance.

Mr Tong said members of the two committees had to be appointed within 60 days after the official announcement was issued.

Meanwhile, the Administrative Regulation adjusting the staff structure of public security forces and their departments was also completed.

The move had already been passed by the Legislative Assembly and was announced in the number 2008 law decree.

Mr Tong said primary officers or officers of the Public Security Police, Fire Services, Macao Prison and Customs who met the prerequisites could be promoted to the newly added position of “principal officers”.

Also, the position of forensics inspector and assistant criminal investigator will be abolished and replaced by 48 forensics advisors and 530 criminal investigators.

Affected officers will be transferred to the new positions without having any changes to their employment status, Mr Tong said.

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