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St Helena : ST HELENA AWARDS PRESENTATION – PRISON OFFICERS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.09.2013 (Article Archived on 06.10.2013)

In an Awards ceremony held at Plantation House last evening, Prison Officers were presented with certificates of Achievement for completing their Prison Officer Initial Training Course.





ST HELENA AWARDS
PRESENTATION – PRISON OFFICERS



 



 In an Awards ceremony held
at Plantation House last evening, Prison Officers were presented with
certificates of Achievement for completing their Prison Officer Initial
Training Course.



HE
Governor Mark Capes and Prison Manager Martin David highlighted that the Prison
Officers’ work is often ‘behind the scenes’ but their jobs are paramount in the
care of vulnerable individuals and the protection and security of the Island’s
community.



Martin
commented:



“What was
a particular achievement was that the training was delivered to all the serving
Prison Officers without a significant impact on the operation of the prison,
which carried on running throughout. This demonstrated the flexibility and
resourcefulness of the prison staff.”



Kylie
Hercules who transferred to the Prison Service from the Police in March this
year as an Offender Manager/Senior Prison Officer commented:



“My job
often involves dealing with court reports, probations and direct interaction
with offenders. I work with so many different people and enjoy the fact that I
have an impact on the inmates’ lives.



“Through
the Prison Officer Initial Training Course we went through defence and offence
techniques, whilst establishing that all our actions towards offenders need to
be fully justified; for example you must first use defence moves before opting
to offence. This certificate is the basis for my professional development and
will be used as a stepping stone to further my career in the Prison Service.”



St Helena
Prison Officers are now trained to deliver a higher standard of security and
care, ensuring that not only the public are protected but also that prisoners
are being held in a safe and as decent a manner as can be achieved in the
current prison.



The Prison
Officer Initial Training Course began in February this year and was delivered
in a modular basis, coming to completion in August. The course involved 10 days
of classroom based training, skills training in Personal Protection (Self –
defence) and First Aid. Competency was demonstrated by a number of written
exams and practical assessments. The course covered a broad range of subjects
from security, searching, handcuffing and radio use, to care of the vulnerable
including those at risk of self-harm.



(pictures
of the evening are attached)



SHG



6
September 2013



 

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