Prison security measures yield results

by March 20th, 2017

Some correctional officers have been arrested and charged following the seizure of digital devices and cellular phones inside prisons.

A statement from the National Security Ministry however did not identify these persons, the specific charges they have been slapped with or when they will face the court.

The ministry says increased security measures implemented recently in the nation’s correctional facilities, have  resulted in the arrest and charge of correctional services staff, as well as inmates alleged to have acted in consort with DCS staff and persons outside of the institutions.

It says in a series of probes which continued over the past weekend, investigators working in tandem with the leadership of the Department of Correctional Services have seized 36 mobile telephones at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.

An additional four mobile phones were seized at the Tamarind Farm facility.

Several other digital devices including sim cards and an Ipad tablet were also seized during the crackdown.

The ministry says four correctional officers have been charged in connection with these finds in an ongoing probe led by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

A fifth correctional officer was arrested on the weekend, and three inmates who were charged for various offences are being prosecuted while in custody.’

State Minister in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr commended persons who came forward with information on criminal activities in the correctional institutions.

The State Minister is also encouraging others who may have information to come forward.

Senator Charles adds that he has met with the special security unit assembled to reduce and eliminate security risks in the correctional system.