A closed-door two-hour meeting between the Prison Officers Association, commanders of the Police and Prison Service and the Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon took place last night.

Ceron Richards.

Reports indicate that the meeting, where a number of strategies were discussed, centered around the protection of officers whose lives are at risk.

Officers stayed away from work on the weekend following the brazen daylight murder of their colleague Davendra Boodooram who was shot dead while stuck in traffic a short distance from the Port-of-Spain prison last Friday.

Boodooram’s murder came on the heels of reports of abuse by prisoners after a search at the prison.

Speaking with the media after the meeting, President of the Prisons Officers Association Ceron Richards said a number of strategies were discussed to protect the lives of Prison Officers.

Richards said the meeting was a continuation of security talks, which began last year after other officers were killed in the line of duty.

Among the recommendations the Association had made in the past were for prison officers under threat to be issued firearms while off-duty and for officers who live in high-risk areas to be allocated state housing.

He also said no effort would be spared to protect officers so that they could do their jobs effectively.