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Prison officer chopped, acting commissioner asks officers to be mindful of their whereabouts

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.

250 guns for prisons officers; Minister to sign contract today

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.

12 prison officers held with contraband this year

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.

'Fed-up' prison officers vow to walk off job; invite Cabinet to run the prisons

"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. 

Young: Ministry working on initiatives to protect prison officers

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.

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