Officers of the Barbados Prison Service have been assured that their jobs are safe.
Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite gave the assurance during a church service this morning at Messiah Wesleyan Holiness Church, Messiah’s House, St John to mark the start of Prison Service Week 2015, which is being observed under the theme “Restoring and Strengthening Family Linkages”.
He also told the congregation that the issue of appointments of prison officers would also be addressed soon.
“You have my word that we are working assiduously to see how we can get those addressed but take confidence in the fact that if there is one area that the Government has promised that there would be no cuts whatsoever, it’s in the disciplinary services.
“So you have the confidence knowing that there is no chance of any of you being retrenched or not being employed or not receiving your appointments because yours is an area that Barbados cannot do without,” Brathwaite said.
He also lauded the work of the officers, saying it is not an easy job.
“Theirs is a duty that many of us will never have the capacity to do. It is hard because there was a time we thought of prison as some place where prison officers were required to unlock doors and lock doors but those days are long past.
“In fact an officer now has to be a brother, an aunt, an uncle, a father, a confidante, a teacher, a disciplinarian and he/she needs to bring all types of different skills to bear to look after the wellbeing of the men and the women who come into their care.
“It is not an easy job and I recognize that, but I think we all appreciate the fact that without you Barbados as we all know it would be much worse off and so I would like to single out as Minister my recognition of your hard work, your contribution and . . . ensure that that your lives and in particular your working lives would be made easy as possible,” Brathwaite told the congregation.