Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Charles hails sense of purpose within the correctional fraternity

Senator Pearnel Charles Jr

Senator Pearnel Charles Jr

State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, has commended the Jamaica Federation of Corrections (JaFEDCO) for the work it has been doing in charting a new course for the correctional services in Jamaica.

Speaking at JaFEDCO’s eight annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Thursday, Senator Charles said the chosen theme and JaFEDCO’s vision for 2018 – ‘Moving Forward with Renewed Purpose’-  demonstrates not only the federation’s maturity, but  also the commitment of correctional officers to the process of developing the country.

“When we talk about security in Jamaica, we’re not only talking about the police force, or the army, we are also talking about the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). The theme you have chosen, therefore, not only details the federation’s mission, but perfectly captures what it is that Jamaica needs right now,” Senator Charles said.

He saluted correctional officers for the good work they continue to do, and called for greater communication, co-ordination and co-operation between the Department of Correctional Services and the Ministry of National Security. to achieve the goal they both share – rehabilitation of inmates in the island’s correctional institutions.

“I want to commend the men and women of the DCS for the role they continue to play in building Jamaica.  We know that the duty of rehabilitating persons who have not received equitable opportunities is indeed a difficult one, but it is a task you undertake on a daily basis,” he said.

Guest speaker at the annual general meeting, retired Major Richard Reese, commended the federation on the role it has played in developing its policies and strategies. He noted that although the organisation is relatively young, it has made significant strides in relation to the welfare and development of the over 2,000 correctional officers, including uniformed officers, civilian officers and probation officers.

Major Reece, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, as well as a former Commissioner of Corrections, mirrored Senator Charles’ call for the attendees to make the most of the meeting, and noted that although the goal of moving forward with renewed purpose could prove to be difficult, with good people behind the cause, it could become a reality.