Acting prisons commissioner Dane Clarke is asking all prison officers to be mindful of their whereabouts.
This after prison officer Darren Mohan was attacked and chopped in his face in Chaguanas on Wednesday.
Mr Mohan is warded in a serious condition at hospital after undergoing surgery last night.
Reports suggest that the prison officer was attacked by an inmate, however, commissioner Clarke said that information cannot be confirmed at this time.
He said it is troubling to see that prison officers are still being attacked.
The contracts for “Keep and Carry” firearms for prisons officers are expected to be signed today.
This was announced by Minister of National Security Stuart Young during the People’s National Movement’s public meeting at the Five Rivers Secondary school on Saturday evening.
“I’m pleased that finally because sometimes things take a bit too long for my liking in the public service, we expect to sign the contract for the delivery of 250 firearms for our prison officers, keep and carry on Monday,” said Young.
Twelve prisons officers are among 21 people who have been arrested so far this year for attempting to smuggle in contraband items into the nation’s prisons.
The latest arrest came on Wednesday when a Prison Officer I with five years' service was arrested at the Golden Grove Remand Yard trying to smuggle in over 400 handmade cigarettes, three cellphones with sim cards and a quantity of marijuana. The arrest was made at about 3.30 pm by special officers assigned to the Operations Unit.
"To hell with the State and to hell with the Prison Service. They don't care about us."
Those were the angry words of the president of the Prison Officers Association, Cerron Richards at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in response to the shooting death of another prison officer, Darren Francis, on Wednesday morning.
Surrounding by several prison officers at the Prison Sports Club in Arouca, Richards said prison officers will walk off the job.
He invited the Cabinet to come and run the prisons instead.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young says his ministry is working on initiatives to ensure the safety of prison officers.
The minister made the remark in a statement offering condolences to the family and colleagues of prison officer Darren Francis who was murdered this morning.
The following is the minister's statement.
"It is with a deep sense of sadness that I offer my sympathy and condolences to Prison Officer I Darren Francis’ family, friends and colleagues.
Officer Francis was senselessly killed on his way to work this morning.