Deputy Commissioner of Prisons Dane Clarke has called for building 13 of the Maximum Security Prison, in Arouca, to be renamed in honour of murdered acting Prison Supt Wayne Earl Jackson.
Clarke, who is acting as Prison Commissioner, paid tribute to Jackson's efforts at the MSP and made the call during Jackson's funeral service at Bethel Outreach Ministries in Arima on Tuesday.
The funeral service which was attended by Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith featured a visible armed security presence outside the worship hall.
Clarke lamented the murder of Jackson, and he listed the names of other prison officers killed in the past year: Richard Sandy, Glenford Gardner and Devindra Boodooram, as he began his tribute.
Throughout the funeral, Jackson's commitment to his duty was praised.
His son, Jason Jackson said while his father was a strict man, he thought him a valuable lesson about manhood.
"Character, not age, not strength defined manhood," said Jason Jackson.
The Minister of National Security said Jackson made a mark on him when he visited the prison facility a couple weeks ago.
"What this highlights once again, unfortunately, are the grave circumstances that the men and women of the prison service face daily," said Young.
Young urged the prison officers that their work was not overlooked, and said that a firm message would be sent to the criminal element that this act would not go unpunished.
"If you touch one, you touch all," said Young to applause at the venue.
Jackson, 53, was shot dead outside his Malabar, Arima home on October 2. Two suspects have been arrested for the crime but no one has been charged.
- by Peter Christopher