A Saint Lucian woman is among eight prison officers recruited from other Caribbean countries to serve at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, British Virgin Islands (BVI).
The woman has been living in the BVI for some time, it has been reported.
In total, nine persons were hired, one of them being from the BVI.
The new officers officially began working in late October after completing two weeks of training.
Prison Superintendent, Vern Guard, told St Lucia Times that the prison environment in the BVI is ‘quite dynamic.’
Guard, himself a Saint Lucian, explained that the matter of corrections at times has a trans-national approach, including the human resources that are deployed in particular agencies.
“The facility that I operate is in a unique situation in the Caribbean in that you have a melting pot of different cultures, races and so forth as inmates at the facility,” Guard disclosed.
“This is the same approach that we would want for the staffing. You need persons that can break the language barrier, who for example may be able to speak French creole, Spanish and so forth.”
Guard told St Lucia Times that all such requirements are factored into the recruitment policy.
He said the newly hired officers include persons from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
According to Guard, the Saint Lucian woman was hired in the normal process of recruiting.
Her Majesty’s Prison in the BVI currently employs a total of 92 staff comprising 79 prison officers.
A number of prison officers had reportedly left after the onslaught of Hurricane Irma.