Security beefed up at Boys Training Centre

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Security beefed up at Boys Training Centre
Boys Training Centre (BTC).
Boys Training Centre (BTC).

Sixteen CCTV cameras have been installed at the Boys Training Centre (BTC) to improve security and monitor the behaviour of juveniles.

General Manager of the BTC, Leonard Terrance, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the cameras were installed about two weeks ago and can be monitored online by senior staff members.

“We are trying our best to ensure that we increase the security and the safety of our staff and wards at the facility. We as managers can view and have an added eye at the facility,” he explained.

Repairs to the perimeter fence are expected to commence sometime this year. This is being made possible with funding from the USAID Juvenile Justice Reform Project.

Terrance told SNO a tender has been published in local newspapers for companies to starting bidding for the project. He said once the bidding is over, then construction works will commence immediately.

The BTC fence has been in a deplorable state for a number of years. It currently serves as an escape for the juveniles, as there are currently two large holes in the fence.

On December 31, 2014 one of the juveniles who was described as “extremely violent”, escaped through a broken window. The youth used a bed sheet to escape. There have been similar incidents of this nature.

Terrance said besides the installation of CCTV cameras and plans to rebuild the perimeter fence, there are several other renovations to be undertaken at the BTC.

Apart from repairs,  several staff members are currently undergoing training in aggression reduction and risk assessment.

The BTC celebrated its 55th anniversary in February this year.

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  1. It is truly sad that internationally trained security officers have to be worried that their jobs will be taken from them and given to God knows who...I rather suspect that this idea might have come from management who themselves are misfits...This place needs structure, policy, proper programs, leadership and a lot more if the boys are going to be rehabilitated. They also need professionals with backbone to advice accordingly. It is really sad the individuals are victimized whenever they disagree with the management of BTC

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  2. Sulphur you need to get your facts right. Individuals like you the public need to be weary of. When you are ready please escort the police and whoever else to the deputy director's house. If you are so intelligent and efficient you should have been there still. Stop hiding behind fake names. If you are so bold to make such an accusation why not come out and be bold. Furthermore, the deputy director is not at BTC not by chance but by CHOICE!!!!

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  3. No one says it was easy; and we know social services around the world are usually understaffed & and underfunded .. How many persons employed at these centers are prepared or treat the these kids as kids and not thing of or treat them like criminals .. Remember impressions are always lasting although has been proven wrong more times than not !
    How can they help reform any kid if they are already prejudice against the kid .. I am not physchologist but ...

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  4. BTC is a waste of time. Some boys don't have a place to go they put them there among hard core youth criminals that shouldn't be. No wonder there is so much rape etc going on there. governments upon governments have failed the youth of this country, the criminal justice system has failed.

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  5. It waz about time.Callixtus Jean Louie waz always pushing for this,the next move is to demolish the entire building and erect a new one.They need it.Long overdue.

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  6. im relieved the deputy is no longer there .imagine a juvenile escaped he lives in her community she did nothing to recapture him.there should be a search done at her home too.lots of stolen items she use to take.i used to work there I know a lot.i keep wondering when would they place cameras

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  7. the staff in the office are gud but dh need security traning cause dh think jus the same with the wards dats y we end up leaveing dh with bad intention praise god i never seen or want to see jail

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  8. lol btc is not nun gud if u go into dat place it wont change u until u strong cause i was an to me dh have aloit of young guys dat dont have to b dh cause u can see dh not bad children but dh are arond criminals but am still standin firm never been charge or convicted an dh use to judge me as one dat will b jail ave made headlines but yet still gods keepin me safe dats uh word from matthius we all are not criminals btc turns u cause its crazy up dh trust me been dh done dat all i use to do was escape

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