Thursday 29 October, 2020

Opposition MP: Do more to protect prison officers

Photo: Remand Yard, Arouca.

Photo: Remand Yard, Arouca.

Barataria MP Saddam Hosein has advocated for greater protection of prison officers.

Hosein made the call following a meeting with members of the Prison Officers’ Association, who expressed concerns over the recent killing of their colleague, Sherwin Francis.

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He said: “A lengthy discussion on many issues affecting the safety of prison officers was made a priority. In particular there were discussions on implementing legislation to treat with the arming of prison officers, secure housing and camera systems for prison officers.

These issues are of utmost concern after the recent murder of Prison Officer Sherwin Francis who was ambushed and killed at his residence on 19th September 2020.”

Hosein said Government has failed to provide ample safety measures to protect these officers, noting a substantial number of killings of prison officers.

He said steps have also not been taken to protect officers in the event of a possible outbreak of COVID-19 at the nation’s prisons.

The MP said it’s a matter of “grave concern” requiring immediate attention.

“There must be established health protocols and international health guidelines implemented in the prison in order to prevent any serious outbreak.”

He called on National Security Minister Stuart Young to “take the required steps to ensure the safety of these officers who risk their lives and the lives of their families on a daily basis in national service.”

Hosein said the safety of the country’s prison officers is of “utmost priority and importance to the security of our country”.

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