UWI security contract stopped

THE alleged rape of a security officer by one of her male colleagues is believed to have prompted the termination of the contract of a private security firm that secured the campus of The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

The incident occurred on August 11 while there were just a few students and faculty staff on the campus during the vacation period.

Police said after the incident, the 33-year-old victim made a report at St Joseph Police Station and a 55-year-old man was arrested last Friday.

He is expected to appear before a Tunapuna magistrate this week.

In a release yesterday, The UWI did not specify why the contract was terminated but stated: “Campus Administration is aware of and regrets the incident concerning two security guards that occurred on Monday August 11. Both persons are attached to a private security firm contracted by the University. The services of that security firm have been terminated and measures have been put in place to review the contracts of all other security firms currently contracted, as well as their personnel assigned to Campus facilities, as the University moves forward.

“The campus’ senior leadership takes the safety and security of The UWI’s staff, students, and visitors to the campus very seriously, and the University is supporting the national police in its investigation,” the release added.

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