10 psychologists for MSP

Cab­i­nethas ap­proved ten psy­chol­o­gists and two phar­ma­cists for prison of­fi­cers at the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison (MSP) in Arou­ca.

The MSP will al­so be pro­vid­ed with an up­grad­ed alarm sys­tem.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day was Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at the post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann's.

"I am pleased to say to­day Cab­i­net ap­proved and con­firmed an ad­di­tion­al ten prison psy­chol­o­gists and the sup­port staff for them. Cab­i­net has al­so giv­en us the per­mis­sion to hire a se­nior prison phar­ma­cist and a ju­nior prison phar­ma­cist to com­ple­ment what al­ready ex­ists."

The prison cur­rent­ly op­er­ates with one psy­chol­o­gist.

Young ad­mit­ted that prison of­fi­cers op­er­ate in a dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment and psy­cho­log­i­cal care would be pro­vid­ed to them, stat­ing that the Prison Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T would be pleased with the good news.

He al­so stat­ed that Cab­i­net al­so ap­proved the ac­qui­si­tion and in­stal­la­tion of an alarm sys­tem for the MSP.

"This ad­min­is­tra­tion has been fo­cus­ing a lot of time and ef­fort in the prison sys­tems."

Last year, Young said the as­so­ci­a­tion raised with him the is­sue of up­dat­ing the prison's alarm sys­tem which they claim was need­ed ur­gent­ly.

"We will be work­ing very quick­ly to have these sys­tems up­grad­ed and in­stalled."

Reporter: Shaliza Hassanali