Her Majesty’s Prison has received 12 additional prison officers from the United Kingdom.
The officers were deployed from the Scottish Prison Service, and they arrived in the territory two weeks ago.
Superintendent of the adult penitentiary in Balsam Ghut, David Foot told BVI News that the officers will remain in the territory for six months.
“The Scottish parliament offered the assistance to us in the light of Hurricane Irma, which we gratefully accepted. And so, they are covering most of the cost of the officers being out here themselves, which I am very grateful for,” Foot said.
According to Foot, the BVI was only responsible for providing accommodation and airfare for the dozen officers.
The Scottish government will pay their wages; an arrangement Foot described as a “fantastic offering”.
“It is a very good and useful collaboration with the Scottish Prison Service,” he said.
New officers to help in several areas
In the meantime, the prison boss said the Scottish staff will be assisting in various areas.
“They are here to provide additional security, they are also going to provide the training in mentoring programmes for the prison staff here, operating procedures, and helping us to upgrade the general standards of prison officers in the Virgin Islands.”
Her Majesty’s Prison has been operating with fewer prison officers since the hurricanes Irma and Maria visited the territory last September.
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