PRESS RELEASE – During the month of May, officers of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) benefited from two profoundly relevant training initiatives.
Four officers recently attended a Mock Prison Riot Training Course in Moundsville, West Virginia, USA from May 4-7, 2014.
The course was sponsored by the United States Government under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
According to Director of the Bordelais Correctional Facility, this course was specifically requested to provide training for the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) at the Correctional Facility.
The training served to reinforce the skills that the team learned in February 2013, during the Emergency Response Techniques Training Course, which had been conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.
The officers who attended the training are: Correctional Officer III Nita Prospere, Correctional Officer III Lee Willie, Correctional Officer III Sanjay Paul and Correctional Officer II Ronald Charles.
The Mock Prison Riot Training was conducted at the recently decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia. The venue allowed for on-site tactical training under real-world prison conditions which allowed the deployment of technologies and less lethal munitions. The four officers that represented Saint Lucia at the training are team leaders within the Special Operations Response Team (SORT).
The SORT is a tactical team at the Bordelais Correctional Facility with the responsibility for Perimeter Security, Escorting Inmates to court and medical appointments, Shake Down Searches of Inmates and staff, Force Cell Extraction of Inmates and Disturbance Control.
The location of the facility demands a well trained on site tactical team that is self-sufficient and capable of maintaining its security. This Mock Prison Riot Training has provided the team with the knowledge to develop a customized Riot Standard Operating Procedure (RSOP) for the Bordelais Correctional Facility.
The newly trained team leaders are now preparing work plans for the training of other SORT members and regular line staff officers.
Additionally, the following listed officers attended the Crime Scene First Responders Course (CSFR) which was conducted at the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force’s Training Academy by the Regional Security System (RSS) during the period Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23, 2014: . Correctional Officer II (Cpl) Altius Harris, Correctional Officer II (Cpl) Andrel Valcin and Correctional Officer II (Cpl) Blaisedon John.