The Port-of-Spain Royal Gaol, located on Upper Frederick Street was on complete lockdown on Sunday 31st January around 8am, for what was described by the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Services as ‘Operation Clean Sweep’.
According to a media release sent out by the Prisons Communications Specialist, Wendell Michael Bompart, of the O.I.C. Communications Unit, the operation was created by the Minister of National Security, in a concerted effort to sanitise the Port of Spain Prison.
Bombart said due to the brazen daylight jailbreak on July 24th in 2015, there were speculative talk of a cache of arms, ammunition and explosives being hidden within the Prison.
Communications Specialist, Bombart said there was a combined effort to conduct the operation with other armed forces, including members of the Traffic Branch and the Fire Services.
Bombart also revealed that the response time at the Port of Spain Prison was also tested.
He highlighted that the exercise began around 8:55am and ended at 4pm.
Prisons Communications Specialist, Wendell Michael Bompart, of the O.I.C. Communications Unit