The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, met with the Malta Association of Retired Police Officers (MARPO) to discuss various matters.
The Ombudsman began the meeting by expressing his heartfelt gratitude to the retired police officers for their unwavering service and commitment to the community throughout their careers. The Ombudsman took the opportunity to elaborate on his jurisdiction, emphasising the importance of outreach programmes. He discussed the essence of engaging with associations, NGOs, and representatives from different sectors, which he views as crucial stakeholders. This collaborative approach ensures that diverse voices and concerns are acknowledged and addressed adequately.
The Association highlighted two key issues. First, they addressed the process surrounding the Long and Efficient Service Medal. They expressed a desire for a revision of the current regulations.
The second topic of discussion centred on the service pension. Currently, a police officer qualifies for this pension after 25 years of service. If these officers choose to work outside the police corps post-retirement, their pension remains unaffected. However, if they decide to rejoin the corps, their pension is suspended.
The Ombudsman assured MARPO that he will give due consideration to the issues they raised.
The meeting was attended by Mr Emmanuel Caruana, President, Mr Raymond Zammit, Secretary, Mr Joseph Borda, Treasurer, and Mr Martin Pace, Executive Secretary. The Ombudsman was accompanied by Dr Brian Said, Senior Investigating Officer, and Mr Jurgen Cassar, Head of Communications and Research.