MP calls for more protection for prison officers / Fyz­abad MP Dr Lack­ram Bo­doe is call­ing for more pro­tec­tion for prison of­fi­cers.

In a press re­lease on Tues­day, he said the shoot­ing to death of prison of­fi­cer Nigel Jones on Mon­day at the Fyz­abad taxi stand in Siparia shows just how em­bold­ened crim­i­nals have be­come in the coun­try.

He said, “The fact that these crim­i­nals chose to gun down Mr. Jones in broad day­light, in a pub­lic place, and in the pres­ence of his six-year-old daugh­ter, is a sig­nal that they fear no one and will show no mer­cy re­gard­less of the cir­cum­stances. The fact that Mr Jones’ young child will now be scarred psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly for life ob­vi­ous­ly did not mat­ter to these hard­ened crim­i­nals.”

As he ex­pressed con­do­lences to Jones’s fam­i­ly, friends and loved ones, he said, “As a prison of­fi­cer, Jones would have giv­en ser­vice in the pro­tec­tion of so­ci­ety, in his role as a cus­to­di­an of per­sons in­car­cer­at­ed for var­i­ous crim­i­nal of­fences.

“The very fab­ric of so­ci­ety is threat­ened when cit­i­zens like Mr Jones, charged with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of look­ing af­ter those in our pris­ons can so eas­i­ly be tak­en out. The Trinidad and To­ba­go Prison Ser­vice, as an arm of our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is an im­por­tant bar­ri­er that pro­tects so­ci­ety from de­scend­ing in­to an­ar­chy. It is crit­i­cal that more be done to pro­tect prison of­fi­cers,” he said.

Adding that his earnest wish is that the per­pe­tra­tors of this crime be brought to jus­tice swift­ly, Bo­doe said, “In this re­gard, I urge the Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty to en­sure that the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice is ad­e­quate­ly re­sourced, es­pe­cial­ly in the light of what ap­pears to be in­creas­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty. The Gov­ern­ment must act swift­ly to pro­vide lead­er­ship at the high­est lev­el of the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice, by en­sur­ing that a Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice is ap­point­ed in an ex­pe­di­tious man­ner.”

When Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed Jones’ home in Fyz­abad yes­ter­day, no one was there.

So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Don­na Cox had planned to vis­it his fam­i­ly, but her vis­it was can­celled un­til fur­ther no­tice.

An au­top­sy is ex­pect­ed to be done at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre this week fol­low­ing a COVID-19 test.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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