National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon is set to meet with members of the Prison Officers Association today. This comes as Prison Officers have reportedly started staying off the job, following Friday’s murder of Prison officer. Davendra Boodram. He was shot dead while leaving work at the Port-of-Spain prison.
There are now claims by some Prison officers that there lives have been threatened.
According to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, one colleague of the dead officer said some officers have even been considering tendering their resignations.
Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson yesterday said :
“All officers are at risk, myself included, but I am prepared to die for what is right.”
Wilson said he had confirmed reports of five officers whose lives are in direct threat, however noting that security measures are being put in place, some of which involves police officers implementing security measures.
Wilson said since he took up office as the Commissioner of Prisons, he has done things in a fair manner and in the best interest of both the prison officers and inmates, including at the Youth Training Centre and the Women’s Prison in Golden Grove.
He explained that Government is now looking at legislation to protect the officers, but noted that it would take time.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be made for the slain officer, however an autopsy will be conducted today at the Forensic Science Centre.