Public Security Police want fair job promotion, remunerations

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Issue 964, Page 7
Word count: 559
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Police Association of Macau, whose members are mainly from the Public Security Police (PSP), hopes tomorrow’s Policy Address will bring them a fair promotion system and more rewarding remunerations.

President of the association Hong Weng Kuan told the MDTimes the PSP officers do not get exactly what they deserve.

“The government needs to take care of the concern of front-line police officers – why their remunerations are the same as the office personnel and they even have fewer opportunities to get promoted,” Hong said.

He said that the PSP’s morale must jump tremendously if the internal promotion system can be adjusted and the overall benefits can be increased, adding the housing and meal allowances had not been reviewed for 20 years already.

According to Hong, it’s hard for low-level PSP officers to get promoted to senior-level.

“It’s almost impossible for a sergeant to be promoted to deputy superintendent or other higher positions, no matter how experienced and outstanding his or her work performance is,” he said.

“A police officer may go to study at the Academy of Public Security Forces. But there a sergeant needs to compete with the young police trainees, and both of them have to sit for an exam equivalent to the senior high school level.

“It takes 20 years for a police officer to become a sergeant, so how could they manage to defeat the newcomers who just came out from high schools?” he said.

Therefore, Hong said the positions of deputy superintendent are usually taken by newcomers once after they finish the four and a half year course and graduate from the Academy, even though they don’t have any front-line work experience.

Yet, there is a possibility for being prompted without going through an exam, but it needs to be approved by the Chief Executive and the chance is rare.

“Usually when such promotion is granted, the police officer is going to retire soon,” he said.

Hong reiterated that the government has to open a certain number of places especially for sergeants at the Academy and allow them to skip some subjects because of their experience in the police force.

“If the sergeants don’t have the incentive to work, how can their subordinates perform well at work?” he said.

In addition, the Police Association of Macau hopes Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s first Policy Address will have plans to increase the value of each salary point for civil servants from 59 patacas to 62 or 63 patacas.

At present, how many salary points a civil servant can get are already fixed. For example, the starting salary of a high school graduate to enter the civil service is 260 salary points.

Hong said the PSP would also like to see an additional allowance for front-line police officers.

“We work in shifts but we don’t have any special allowances while other civil servants do. We only get an over-time allowance which worth 50 salary points a month, but each week we have to work extra four to eight hours,” he said.

“The additional allowances for front-line police officers don’t necessarily need to be as many as 50 salary points, but at least there is a reward for them,” he added.

It is because, Hong said, front-line police officers should enjoy more benefits than rear-service personnel who work in the office from nine to five.

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