Prison Service gets 16 new officers – News Room Guyana

See the full statement from the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) below:

The Guyana Prison Service (GPS) can now add 16 new officers to its roster after they completed a three-month Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at the Prison Training Center in Mazaruni.

The recruits, eleven men and five women, received training in both theoretical and practical aspects of the job, such as basic prison lectures, improvised speeches, armed and unarmed combat, human rights education, family life training and English.

At the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, Mazaruni Prison Chief Officer Carlton Cameron welcomed the new officers to the Prison Service.

He told them that the prison environment is very complex and multi-dimensional and those in the ranks are expected to perform their duties in a very effective manner.

Director of Prisons (ag) Nicklon Elliot indicated that staff play a crucial role in the day-to-day management of prisoners.

“It is important that new staff become aware of the laws, regulations and basic prison management practices before being posted to the various prisons. This will help them in the way they work,” said Elliot.

In addition, Kevin Pilgrim, deputy director of the prison system and head of the staff training department, indicated that the work of a prison officer is demanding and involves working with men and women deprived of their liberty, including many likely suffer from addictions, have poor social and educational skills and come from marginalized groups in society.

Therefore, he said the training of the new officers is important so that they can understand their role and function.

In dealing with different groups of prisoners, Pilgrim explained that it is necessary for the prison guards to be patient and treat the prisoners kindly according to international protocols and standards.

Nikita Abrams emerged as the top graduating student.