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Prisons Commissioner Sterling
Stewart says the search for contraband
material will continue at the nation s
prisons in an effort to curb violence
and illegal activities.
In a telephone interview, Stewart said
the prison officers had a high-risk job
and conducting searches was part of
"Sometimes they will find contra-
band material in the cells when they
come back from court. Sometimes peo-
ple bring in contraband and they put
it in their cavities. One person even
had a carton of cigarettes found in his
possession during the search," he said.
Stewart said they would have dif-
ferent technology to use to assist with
"The search continues to get rid of
contraband material. We will have cam-
eras, jammers, hand-held scanners to
do body searches of prisoners and
prison officers to make sure the area
is sanitised," he said.
Stewart said they would continue
the searches without fear or favour
"despite ethnicity, race or creed, in a
professional manner, which is a legal
He said sometimes inmates were
given items by their families or rogue
officers. "The underground trade has
Stewart said the officers had many
challenges and continued to grapple
with attacks on them and their families
while on and off-duty. In the past two
weeks, the homes of at least five prison
officers were shot at in north and central
The door of a prison officer s house
in Sangre Grande was kicked in by gun-
men. Another officer and his brother
were shot at by gunmen.
"The threats are real. We continue
to do our job in courage and deal with
a high-risk environment," he added.
He said there were many factors that
caused problems at the prison which
included gang activity.
"There are confrontations and there
are problems because of the overcrowd-
ing and the length of time spent at the
prison," he said.
Stewart said reformation was the
main focus when dealing with inmates.
"To reform them in an environment
where there is overcrowding, that is a
challenge. There will always be a volatile
situation and we are the last defence,"
He said he had discussions with var-
ious members of the protective services
to assist in making it safer.
"We have been working around the
clock to ensure the security of officers.
Life is sacrosanct and life is paramount."
Assistant Police Commissioner Carl-
ton Alleyne said the system was not
perfect and somehow contraband mate-
rial made its way into the prison.
"We have challenges and we find
contraband in the prison. It s reaching
in there somehow and there are chal-
lenges outside and that s why things
are turning up. It is a work in progress.
"There are a lot of instances where
they use wire to make things... from
time-to-time we assist the prisons if
they need our assistance to help them
conduct their searches.
"We hear of prison officers being
arrested for trafficking and police assist-
ing prisoners. There are all those
rumours," he said.
to quell violence
Prisons boss promises:
Young members of San City Steel Orchestra play percussion instruments during their Pan Vacation Camp
on Coffee Street, San Fernando, on Tuesday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
The Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) is advising customers in
parts of south-west Trinidad that
remedial works to a broken 36-inch
transmission main at Old Southern
Main Road, South Oropouche, near
the authority s South Oropouche
booster station are still ongoing.
A WASA statement yesterday said
in spite of round-the-clock work by
engineers and maintenance crews over
the last 72 hours, in an attempt to
complete repair works, the complexity
of the job has required unforeseen
specialised works which have lasted
longer than anticipated.
The authority said work was
expected to be completed by 8 o clock
It also advised customers that it
may take a further 12 to 24 hours for
their service to normalise.
The statement said in the interim,
the authority would continue to divert
supplies from the Point Fortin Desali-
nation Plant to supplement the supply
to some of the affected areas; as well
as increase the level of truck-borne
deliveries to affected customers.
WASA: Delay in restoration
of supply to southwest areas
• South Oropouche
• Robert Hill
• San Francique
• Harris Village
• De Gannes Village
• St John's
• Thick Village
• Dow Village
• Parts of Siparia and Quarry
• Mon Desir
• Parts of La Brea
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