Prison boss: Name building after Jackson

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

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