Seventy Officers of the Department of Correctional Services were honoured on July 8 for long service and good conduct, during a ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston.
The recipients comprised Overseers, Staff Officers, Corporals, Warders and Wardresses.
In a message read at the awards ceremony, Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson encouraged the Officers to continue to “exemplify professionalism” in all they did, adding that the safety of the State rested partly in their hands.
Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller (centre), congratulates Overseer, Department of Correctional Services, Albert Brown after presenting him with his award during the Department’s awards ceremony for long service and good conduct, at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, on July 8.
Mr. Nelson said that professionalism was an important aspect within every organisation, adding that when everyone acted professionally in the Department, the work would be done effectively and efficiently.
“It means safety and control are being achieved along with a variety of other positive outcomes in the correctional institutions. With professionalism at the helm, people work better and feel better about the job,” the Minister said in the message, delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dianne McIntosh.
Senator Nelson said that unprofessional conduct in a work environment could have a significant impact, and was a major detractor on those who were performing their duties professionally.
The Minister lauded the Officers who received medals, pointing out that, “they know the meaning of sacrifice in a profession that makes demands beyond the call of duty.”
A section of the 70 recipients, who were presented with medals by the Department of Correctional Services for long service and good conduct, at an awards ceremony, held at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, on July 8.
He urged them to continue to ensure that the job was done in relation to inmate management, and encouraged the Officers to maintain “safety and control on every shift.”
Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller, in his remarks, said that the Department’s mission of “contributing to the safety and protection of our society by keeping offenders secure and facilitating their rehabilitation and reintegration as law abiding citizens, is of utmost importance.”
He commended the Officers who received medals, and implored them to maintain high standards, despite the odds which they might face.
Acting Commissioner of Corrections, Lt. Col. G. Prendergast encouraged the Officers to continue to work hard, noting that their role was critical in the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into society. He also lauded the staff for their dedicated service over the years.
“The career that you have chosen is not a glamorous job, it is one where you work in harsh conditions.There is much difficulty and more than your fair share of challenges to be dealt with. With these hardships come severe consequences if things go wrong, so it is even more critical for us to say thanks and to recognise your commitment,” he said.