Prisons Commissioner: "We are under attack"

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 20:00

Prisons Commissioner Sterling Stewart says the Prison Service is under attack.

The Commissioner has issued a statement demanding justice for the murder of prison officer Fitz Albert Victor this morning.

The following is his statement: 

"It is with a heavy heart that I write this message this morning. Fitz Albert Victor, a bright young mind, an exemplary Prisons Officer, who is known throughout the Institution and his community as a gentleman and an honourable servant, has been gunned down.

My heart goes out to his family, his batch-mates, his co-workers and all officers of the Prison Service.

To my officers, I say this morning that even as we yet mourn the passing of another of our true brave-hearted colleagues do not lose heart. Do not be fearful and do not deviate from the road of professionalism and dedication. We shall continue to walk together in faith, maintaining composure in the face of adversity. Though we walk through this valley of the shadow of death, because God is with us, we will not fear because His rod and staff shall comfort us.

How much longer will we continue to say farewell to good, honest officers while it appears that these persons who are guilty of these cowardly and heinous acts continue to pick us off with apparent impunity? How much longer must we wait before the perpetrators of these dark dealings are brought to justice?

It goes without saying that the Commissioner of Prisons, the Executive Officers and all right-thinking, hard-working officers of the law enforcement fraternity condemn in the strongest possible way, the slaying of this servant.

I issue a call, again, for the public to NOT look for misguided comfort in the general thinking (that has become the norm in times such as this) that this is just another rogue officer being given his just due. HE WAS NOT!

We are under attack. We have been for some time now and far too long. There are too many lawless, brainless killers roaming free. We call for justice. We DEMAND decisive actions NOW! However we shall continue to fulfil our mandate to aid in `the rehabilitation of those in our care; to be committed to the protection of society and the reduction of crime while maintaining control under safe, secure and humane conditions as much as humanly possible.

As Psalm 91 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence."