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.