Correctional officers promoted

Correctional officers promoted
Front row (from left): Financial Officer Alkin Delancy; Director of Human Resource, Shonice Deveaux; Director of Education, Andrea Sweeting; Director of Medical Services, Dr. Hastings Johnson; Corrections Chaplain, Rev. Leonard Clarke; Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, Mrs. Bernardette Thompson- Murray; Commissioner of Corrections, Patrick P. Wright; Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, Doan Cleare; Assistant Commissioner of Corrections, Andrew Rolle; Mr. Milton Hanna and Mr. Charles Murphy; Director of Female Housing Unit, Chief Corrections Officer Ivy Maycock; and Staff Officer, Principal Corrections Officer Stephanie Pratt.

Two principal corrections officers and 101 corrections corporals were recently promoted in a brief ceremony at the Bahamas Department of Corrections.

Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright encourages the officers to continue to strive for excellence and remain positive while executing their duties.

“Each of you has completed your duties as a correctional officer, and satisfied the administration that you are ready to train officers under your charge, while preparing for the next level of advancement,” Wright said.

“You are now considered to be ‘Acting Sergeants’.

“Today, you stand among some of the most hardworking, committed, loyal and dedicated men and women who are serving this noble organization.  We are proud of all your accomplishments thus far and we admonish you to continue to demonstrate your ability to lead and organise.  More importantly, all of you are part of the organization’s transition from a punitive facility to a correctional service organization.”

Commissioner Wright, reminded the officers that they been trained in corrections best practices, and are well able to assist the organization with its mandate to reform and rehabilitate.

“To date, all of you have done an excellent job with our primary duties, which is to maintain security while reforming and rehabilitating inmates for re-entry into society, which resulted in zero escapes.”

Newly promoted officers were mandated to continue serve the organization and the people of The Bahamas with honesty, dignity and integrity, and to wear their uniforms proudly.  The promotions took effect April 1, 2017.