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New Correctional Officers to help boost rehabilitation programme for inmates

Posted: July 26, 2011

The State Minister in the Ministry of National Security says he is confident that new recruits about to enter the correctional service, will increase efforts to rehabilitate inmates.

Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, urged the 144 new correctional officers, to recognize, and embrace their new profession.

He was speaking at today's (July 26) Valedictory Service, at the Salem Baptist Church, in Runaway Bay, St Ann.

150 men and women began the training course over 5 months ago, but 6 did not complete the programme, for varying reasons.

The remaining 144 will officially graduate at a ceremony, at the DCS Carl Rattray Staff Collage this Friday.

Dr. Bartlett said, the majority of recruits will be placed at the newly opened Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre in Denham Town, Kingston.

He admitted that there are short-falls, where rehabilitation of persons in correctional facilities is concerned, but that the new recruits will help to improve the programme.

Dr. Bartlett also noted that he will make efforts to facilitate improvements in terms of pay and working conditions for correctional officers.

Dr. Bartlett said he has been meeting with correctional officers, especially those affected by the recent murder of a colleague, in a bid to hear their concerns, and to take steps to address them. 

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