TNN receiving word regarding another attack on a senior corrections officer at the Westgate Correctional Facility’s maximum security section this past Sunday, purportedly over an inmate being in unlawful possession of a cellphone.
The attack marks the second such reported incident in the past two weeks, with another female Corrections officer having received a suspected broken arm during a confrontation with three inmates on March 10, in the E2 housing unit.
While it is not known if the officer was seriously injured as a result of the attack, a source telling TNN that officers are irate concerning their having an inadequate arsenal of defensive weapons to combat violent inmates.
“Officers have a lack of devices that will ward off inmates that resist after being caught in possession of banned items,” said the source. “Police officers have pepper spray and tasers, while corrections officers, outside of handcuffs and their bare hands, have virtually noting to assist in securing, repelling and deterring violent offenders.
“Many of these offenders have been convicted of murder and have nothing to lose.
“Especially when starting a lengthy sentence these guys are non-carish and have no respect. That’s their attitude.
“The officers need the Commissioner of Prisons Ms. Joel Benjamin, and/or the Minister of National Security Mr. Michael Weeks to help to be better equipped, so that they can ward off these violent criminals, we need help now don’t wait until someone is killed in the line of duty said the reliable source.”
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