Attorney, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj yesterday filed a request for the Court to make an order for the State to take all necessary steps to ensure that Second Division Prison Officers are properly and suitably protected from threats to their lives arising from the performance of their duties as Prison Officers.
At a media conference held yesterday at Irving Street in San Fernando, Mr. Maharaj pointed out that Second Division Prison Officers have been murdered and are being murdered but no adequate investigations are being conducted by the State to ensure that those who are guilty, are prosecuted and convicted.
He said prison officers continue to receive death threats, however he lamented that there is no proper machinery in place to assess the death threats against the officers, and to provide measures to protect their lives.
Claiming that several requests by second division officers to executive arm of the state have fallen on deaf ears, Mr. Maharaj noted that officers in the second division are faced with bureaucratic red tape.
Meanwhile, Prison Officers’ Association President, Ceron Richards, speaking at the media conference said the situation that has seen several prison officers attacked and killed in recent time, stems in part from the slow pace of judicial proceedings.
He noted that many prisoners are forced to wait many years before their cases are called.
President of the Prison Officers’ Association, Ceron Richards.