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‘Amount of reward for police officers is based on contraband quantity seizure’

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 10: The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah said the reward system for police officers is in place and provides for payment of cash reward to officers and members of the police force if drug-related crimes, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Jarrah in response to a proposal submitted by MP Askar Al-Enezi to grant immediate reward, said the award is determined with the quantity of drugs seized by each security man or customs employee. The police incentive reward system is in force in accordance with Ministerial Decree No. (81) of 2007, which stipulates that a cash reward may be paid to officers and members of the police force for arresting or reporting crimes.

In the same context, the Minister said that the disbursement of the drug control reward is based on the Civil Service Commission letter on exchange controls, explaining the rewards of customs officers have been categorized as Item 1 heroin and cocaine, item 2 hashish, opium and marijuana and the like, 3 seeds, leaves and heads of poppy and marijuana and non-synthetic and qat, 4 divided into two prohibited drugs a – injections and ampoules b – pills. Minister of Finance Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf explained that the rewards to customs officers have been determined by the Civil Service Commission according to a list based on the rules and regulations for the payment of these rewards by granting an additional bonus (50 percent of the value of the contrabands, in case of acumen, intelligence and skill.

He added the value of the remuneration for the same inspector exceeds one seizure or the total of his seizures during the calendar year, provided that such remunerations are not subject to the provisions of the Minister of Finance Decree No. (13) of 1977 on financial rewards for excellent works.

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