A probe is currently underway after a senior Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) officer’s firearm went missing.
Director of Corrections Verne Garde described the development as unfortunate.
“One of my very senior managers is currently in a situation where he has misplaced the firearm assigned to him,” Garde explained.
He said the matter is under investigation by the BCF and the police.
The Director of Corrections told St. Lucia Times he was confident that the issue of the missing firearm was restricted either to the outside or outside the BCF’s administrative area.
He explained that traditionally, the BCF does not allow senior officers to venture into the facility with a firearm.
Garde also revealed that recently the BCF conducted one of its annual searches, ‘Mission Clean Sweep’.
“We cleared the facility of all the contraband that was there and we are confident that we have done a good job in that regard. In fact, the police, the Fire Service, and everybody else assisted us in that mission, so it was well done,” he told St. Lucia Times.
The BCF official said the senior officer whose firearm went missing was still on duty.
Garde disclosed that the missing gun issue has been pending for about two weeks.
Regarding the mood among BCF staff, he said the men and women he works with are very well-trained.
“We receive initial training as Correctional Officers and we expect all eventualities. Most of the scenarios placed on us on a day to day basis are scenarios that we are prepared for because we are prepared for insurrections. We are prepared for riots. We are prepared for different things on a daily basis,” Garde declared
“So, the officers – the staff, the civilian staff also are very mature, professional and prepared to deal with any eventuality,” he stated.
Garde said he was confident that the missing firearm was not in possession of a BCF inmate based on the facility’s restrictions on officers carrying weapons at the institution and the recent ‘Mission Clean Sweep.’
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