The Ministry of National Security initiated and facilitated the staging of the first ever H M Prison Officers’ Awards Service . The inaugural event took place on Sunday, 30th April 2017 at the Immanuel Methodist Church in Sandy Point, where 45 past and present officers were recognized for their commitment and dedication to the profession.
The Prison Services came in for high praise for the exceptional rehabilitation work done at the intuition over the last 2 years. Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris highlighted the excellent educational achievements of inmates, particularly over the last two years as part of the enhanced rehabilitation work that is taking place there.
“Let me commend the Prisons Service for its excellent rehabilitation work. Judging by the CSEC/CXC and CAPE subject passes attained by inmates between the years 2012 and 2017, I would say that HMP has already reached and surpassed this benchmark of training and education, and my administration encourages you and the residents to keep it up,” stated PM Harris
The Minister of National Security continued and highlighted the tremendous improvement in the educational and rehabilitation programme at the Prison over the last two years in particular.
“Data provided by H.M. Prison show that, in 2012, three (3) residents sat exams in Accounts and English and attained a total of five subject passes; in 2013, thirteen (13) residents sat exams in Accounts, English and Mathematics and attained a total of 17 subject passes. In 2014, seventeen (17) residents sat exams in Accounts, English, Mathematics and Human & Social Biology and attained a total of 16 subject passes. Between 2015 and 2017, the exam results only got better! In 2015, twenty-three (23) residents sat exams in Spanish, Accounts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Economics and Human & Social Biology and attained a total of 43 subject passes. In 2016, sixteen (16) inmates sat exams and returned a total of 33 subject passes in Biology, Integrated Science, Physics, Mathematics, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies and Integrated Mathematics,” Prime Minister Harris stated
PM Harris continued, “So far this year, two residents sat Social Studies and Principles of Business and attained a total of two subject passes. They must all be congratulated, and so should all of you for your contribution to their success. These inmates will leave more able to engage in the field of work.”
Prime Minister Dr. Harris concluded “For employees in the prison system, hard work is a given and so too must honesty and integrity be expected, as well as a commitment to the safety of your colleagues, the inmates and the public. Knowledge of and adherence to policies and procedures are therefore valued, as well as professionalism, a watchful eye, a calm demeanor and an ability to de-escalate serious situations.”