Thursday, February 22, 2018

Prison officers still waiting for cellphone jammers

PRESIDENT of the Prison Officers Association (POA) Cerron Richards wants to know what became of the promise made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar a year ago for cellular phone jammers to be installed in the country’s prisons.

Richards yesterday said that while he was unaware as to whether it was true that a prisoner may be involved in the death of attorney Dana Seetahal, the POA believed that government should do more to have the system in place.

“While the (POA) is trying to do its best with the resources they have, we feel coming from Cabinet or from government, more could be done to ensure that proper funding and so on is given to those items—cellphone jammers, body scanners,” he said.

Last May, while speaking at a United National Congress public forum, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, head of the National Security Council, said the Council will implement mobile phone signal jammers— a technology which can find phones and block calls as well as text messages from unapproved numbers within the prisons.

Yesterday, Richards said his association “is working assiduously to try and get it done ... More emphasis should be paid by government to ensure that these things are installed in the prison system quickly.”

Last Sunday, Seetahal was murdered after her Volkswagen SUV was intercepted in Woodbrook.

Police investigations are continuing even as Government has offered $2.5 million together with $1 million from CrimeStoppers for any information into her killing.