Thursday, April 18, 2024

Staff ‘key to success’ of Prison Service


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A healthy image of Barbados Prison Service can be sustained by how successful the institution and staff make a difference in reforming its inmates.

This is coming from Superintendent of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse as he addressed a service medal presentation ceremony at HM Dodds Prisons Friday morning.

“Our good works must be reflected in the way we treat our visitors, the way we communicate with the public . . . how we treat our fellow officers and especially how we treat those committed to our care, the inmates,” said Nurse to the different levels of officers after they got their medals.

“It is our duty to keep our charges in safe custody. Are we looking after them with humanity? Are we arming them with the tools needed to live useful and law abiding lives while in custody and after their release?”

“Prison officers must continually demonstrate the ability to maintain a balance of physical, mental and social standing . . . to adequately perform our duty,” Nurse said.

“Staff who are significantly involved in prison activities, who align their personal goals with [ those] of the organisation and who . . . assist in the growth of the Barbados Prison Service and not in its demise, need no loud shouts from the mountain top to be recognised,” Nurse told the officers who accepted their medals.

Forty personnel at different levels were qualified for medals, including three retirees. Thirty-three were present to receive their pins.

Nurse said other officers could be recognised “to these decorated ranks as we pledge to be exemplary in our conduct, diligent and committed to our task and professional in our approach”.

Nurse said the Services Medal Of Honour Act 1980, Paragraph 4, stated the medals may be awarded to people who had served diligently and had displayed exemplary conduct for a continuous period of 15 years in the different services of Barbados.

He said the period could be served entirely in one service or could be carried out successfully in two or more. (JS)


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