National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon, says an inter-agency approach, using the various players involved in the country’s security, is one of the measures agreed upon by government to treat with attacks on prison officers.
Prison officer Davindra Boodooram became the latest member of that service to be murdered. He was shot and killed a short time after leaving work at the Port- of- Spain jail on Frederick Street, last Friday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Minister Dillion told the Senate that this is one of several measures discussed and agreed upon during discussions held between representatives from the Prison Officers Association, the Commissioner of the Prison Service and the Police Commissioner.
Mr. Dillon revealed that the wife of the slain prison officer has received counseling and this will continue.
He was also questioned by Opposition Senator Khadijah Ameen on whether or not whether the family slain officer will benefit from the compensation set up by the state for members of the protective
services who are killed in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, Opposition Senator Saddam Hosein did not succeed in his bid to the Senate to adjourn its deliberation to discuss issues affecting prison officers and those of the protective service as an issues of
definite matter of urgent public importance.
Senator Hosein argued that the situation must be treated with a level of
urgency from the state.
However, Senate President, Christine Kangaloo, did not grant the Opposition’s request adding that matters on the topic were answered earlier in the proceedings.