Prison officers get pepper spray in response to security concerns

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The provincial government has announced that corrections officers will be carrying pepper spray at all times, and metal detectors will be installed at “strategic locations” within Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.

The announcement comes after a series of security incidents over the past several months, and a public protest by correctional officers in front of the prison in February.

“I recently met with representatives of corrections staff who brought forward some ideas on how we could make improvements in our correctional facilities, including Her Majesty’s Penitentiary,” Justice Minister Darin King said in a news release. “With the assistance of Superintendent Graham Rogerson, I carefully examined their recommendations and as a result, several initiatives will be implemented that will enhance safety and security.”

The government has also announced that they’re buying two new transport vehicles for the prison.

The news release gave no indication on how much this will cost.

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  • Glenn Stockley
    March 07, 2014 - 11:43

    i would write a responses but this rag won't print any truth that is inconvenient....

  • Former Guard
    March 07, 2014 - 10:02

    Jerome Kennedy made sweeping changes at the top and Asst. Supt. Roche did a great job for 5 years till he retired. Then the current management came along and things wen't downhill again . Decades of Darkness is back at the pen until management changes are made ! Their incompetence almost caused officers to lose there lives but yet they are still running the place?

  • gerry
    March 07, 2014 - 09:10

    totally agree: but I also think that there should be placed stategic cameras and all officers should wear personal cams to ensure there is no abuse from inmates & officers

    • Rob
      March 07, 2014 - 13:38

      There are cameras at every angle. Over 200

  • Good
    March 07, 2014 - 08:52

    It's good to see he listened to the staff that work there. They know what is going on, not the boss in the office. He only knows what the staff tells him, and they probably don't tell him everything. However I noticed his name was mentioned.