Saturday 24 October, 2020

Prison officer, family in protective custody after attack

A prison officer, whose daughter was grazed by a bullet during an attack on their home on Saturday night, has been placed in protective custody along with his family.

This was confirmed by sources from the Prison Services.

Prison officer Nigel Daniel and his family were at their Belmont home when it came under heavy gunfire. Daniel’s five-year-old girl was grazed during the attack.

On Wednesday, the Prison Officer’s Association (POA) is expected to meet with Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to further discuss security arrangements for members of the protective services.

Speaking to LoopTT, the association’s president Ceron Richards said that the shooting was another example of the dangers which prison officers are facing.

Since October there have been at least five reported attacks on prison officers, with two incidents ending in fatalities.

“Over and over we have called for actions to be taken. The police service has taken a stance for which we are very appreciative. But we need to see more from the State. We have a meeting on Wednesday with the Attorney General. We have given him some recommendations, so we are hopeful we will receive some positive feedback on these. Especially in light of the continuous attacks on our brothers and sisters,” Richards said.

The Association has given the Government several proposals, including issuing some, high-risk prison officers legal firearms to have while off duty, as well as an implementation of a Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act, which Richards believes is key to the protection of prison officers, and by extension, law enforcement officials in this country.

More on this as it becomes available.

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