Monday 24 September, 2018

PHOTOS: Prison Officers ready to step up to greater challenges

Fifty-five prison officers were promoted to Prisoner Officer 1, in a ceremony at Her Majesty Prison Dodds.

Fifty-five prison officers were promoted to Prisoner Officer 1, in a ceremony at Her Majesty Prison Dodds.

Fifty-five prison officers were promoted to the position of Prisoner Officer 1,  in a recent ceremony at Her Majesty Prison Dodds.

They received their instruments of promotion from Superintendent of Prison Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse, who showered them with praise for their achievements while admonishing them not be boastful.

In the presence of their colleagues and the top ranks of the prison service, the promoted officers were told that there will be challenges since the road to the top is hard, but how they handle the challenges will be a testimony of their leadership and resolve.

Prison Officers promoted

Colonel Nurse reminded them that promotion is the advancement t of an employee rank or position in an organization, but stressed that before a company or any organization promotes an employee it ensures that the person is able to handle the added responsibilities.

“The promotion should suggest to you that the requirements for you and the job that will be assigned to you will require significant upgrades. You are expected to continue to demonstrate high levels of commitment, dedication d performance. There will be an increasing demand on your time and your expertise. You are no longer one of the boys or girls, you are now part of management and will have to act as such,” Colonel Nurse admonished.

He told Loop News that it has been more than seven years since there was a promotion to this rank and highlighted in his address that when he joined the prison service in 2001, there were only 30 Prison Officer 1s, but was proud to point out that there are now 75.

While he was pleased with the promotion exercise he noted that this is not the complete list, “there is another batch which is due to be received soon once some administrative issues have been solved. So we look forward to receiving those promotion letters soon and will similarly honour those persons once we have the instruments of appointments."