Fifty-four newly trained Correctional Officers are joining the Department of Correctional Services to serve its correctional centres island wide. The officers marked the end of their 13-week training during a Passing Out Parade yesterday at the Carl Rattray Staff College in St. Ann where they were trained.
While delivering the keynote address, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, the Honourable Zavia Mayne, who was the Reviewing Officer, commended the graduating Correctional Officers for their dedication and commitment to completing the rigorous training programme. “Your hard work and perseverance have prepared you for the challenging role ahead of you. The profession of corrections is essential to ensuring the safety and security of our society, and the DCS forms an integral part of the country’s national security apparatus. Correctional officers work in a challenging and often unpredictable environment, where their actions can have a significant impact on the lives of inmates, their families, and the wider community. They play a critical role in rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders back into society, ensuring that they do not re-offend and contribute to the overall safety and security of the country” the Minister added.
He lamented the importance of the role of Correctional Officers in maintaining order and preventing disturbances within correctional facilities. “I urge you to remember the importance of your role and to approach it with a strong sense of purpose and commitment. You have been trained to uphold the law and to promote rehabilitation and reintegration. You will be responsible for the safety of offenders, staff, and the public, and I urge you to perform your duties with utmost diligence and care. As you begin your careers as Correctional Officers, I want to assure you that the Ministry of National Security is committed to supporting you in every way possible. We recognize the challenges and risks associated with your profession, and we are committed to providing you with the necessary resources, training, and support to perform your duties effectively and safely,” Minister Mayne said.
Recruit Brandon Lewin was presented with the Commissioner’s Trophy for Top All-Round Recruit while Recruit Roshane Maragh received the Deputy Commissioner – Custodial Services Trophy for the Runner-Up All-Round Recruit. Correctional Officer Latoya Stoner received the Deputy Commissioner – Rehabilitation and Probation Aftercare Services Award for Best Squad Instructor.