Prisoners and prison officers injured in crash

Two prison officers and two prisoners are now seeking medical attention after the armored vehicle they were travelling in collided with another car in San Fernando this morning.

CNC3 has been told just after 10 am, the armored vehicle was proceeding to the San Fernando Magistrate Court, when, upon reaching the intersection of Harris and Sutton streets, the vehicle collided with a car.

Police and medical services were immediately dispatched on the scene.

New strategies under review to protect prison officers

A number of new strategies were discussed during a closed-door two-hour meeting between the Prison Officers Association, commanders of the Police and Prison Service and the Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon last night to protect officers whose lives are at risk.

The meeting follows a potentially risky situation where a number of officers stayed away from work at the weekend following the brazen daylight murder of their colleague Davendra Boodooram who was shot dead while stuck in traffic a short distance from the Port-of-Spain prison last Friday.

Female prison officers join emergency response unit for first time ever

History was made in the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service on Friday, as sixteen female prisons officers graduated from the Emergency Response Training Course.

A statement by the Prisons Service says the inclusion of these female officers signaled the thrust of the service towards operational integration of male and female officers.

Traditionally, only male officers served in this specialised unit.

Prisons Commissioner slams those criticising prison officers

The Commissioner of Prisons William Alexander has described criticism of prison officers as "unprofessional, insensitive and disrespectful".

The Commissioner says while there are some rogue members of the service, the vast majority are hard-working and risk their lives to serve the country.

 Alexander issued the following statement today:

"The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, as an arm of the Criminal Justice System is committed to the protection of society and crime prevention.