Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut is seeking to tighten security.
Superintendent of the state-owned penitentiary David Foot told BVI News on Thursday that the prison is recruiting 12 additional staff to do just that.
“Some officers left the territory subsequent to the hurricanes, and the government has approved that we can have more officers. So the number of staff that we have will be going up,” he said.
A least two prison officers left the British Virgin Islands since, Foot said.
Learning from mistakes
The penitentiary has also been on the receiving end of negative attention, one of which was massive contraband discovery after the hurricanes.
Law enforcers discovered contraband such as cellular phones, alcohol, tobacco, offensive weapons, and a number of other illegal items.
Local police led the search with assistance from the United Kingdom military.
There was also a massive prison-break following the disasters.
Asked if those were some of the reasons behind bolstering security at the prison, Superintendent Foot said: “The reality is we have to learn from lessons of the past and put things in place to make sure that those things don’t happen again. And that’s what we are doing.”
He explained further that the new staff members will be used for “frontline security for the prisoners”.
“And so we are looking for some good quality candidates. There is a career in the prison service … opportunities for promotion and all the bits and pieces. So I am hoping that we can attract some candidates so that we can move things forward.”
The prison boss said recruits will undergo an eight-week training course at the Balsam Ghut facility.
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