Saint Lucian at helm of BVI prison promises reforms

Saint Lucian Vern Guard  who was recently appointed as the head of  Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut  in the British Virgin Islands, has promised several reforms at the facility, local news reports have said.

Guard was quoted by BVI News as saying that he has placed priority on accountability at the prison.

He noted what he described as ‘deficiencies’ in the so-called prison books, the publication reported.

It said Guard  made it clear that his observations are in no way an attack on his predecessor David Foot – the United Kingdom national who had been in charge of the prison for the last half-a-decade.

According to BVI News, Garde applauded Foot for his efforts and said he (Garde) will be rolling out a 20-point reform plan for the BVI prison, the details of which would be announced during his two-year tenure.

The former Saint Lucia Director of Corrections officially took up duties in the BVI on July 2.

Some two months before he quit his post in Saint Lucia citing the need for his own personal and professional advancement, Guard’s performance here was praised by National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis.

Francis declared that from all reports, with Guard then at the helm, Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) was “functioning the best in the Caribbean.”

At the time the minister lamented that  Saint Lucians do not seem to give their own the kudos that they need.


  1. Ha ha ha. From all reports all was not well with Bordelais under Guard. Ask some of his former senior staff who are in the know. Why was he rehired at the Bordelais facility when some of the mismanagement issues were known to his employers. I shall say no more but I can assure you that if those with the ability to probe, ask the questions the truth will be told.

  2. You never miss the water till the well runs dry. When someone performing well in their duties, some seem to go to the extreme to bring him or her down. Only then when the individual say enough us enough and decide to move on in their career, do upper management comes out and say, what a great or hard working the individual was. Most people do not appreciate what’s good.
    So Mr. Guard, I wish you well in your new post. Too bad it had to be in another country other than your own. Smh.

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