Department of Correctional Services receives riot gear from US Embassy
The equipment included 100 riot batons, 100 riot baton holders, 100 riot helmets with visors, 50 handcuffs, 100 goggles, 50 metal detectors, 100 riot shields and 100 raincoats with hoods.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, State Minister of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr, who has direct responsibility for the DCS, expressed appreciation to the US Embassy for its continued support of the Ministry’s initiatives.
“This donation of 700 items of riot gear brings the DCS in line with international baseline standards for the treatment of inmates and is in keeping with guidance on methods which might be used for restraint under specific circumstances. We are grateful for this equipment and we know that it will have a positive impact on the safety of our inmates and correctional officer,” Charles said.
US ambassador, Luis G Moreno affirmed the support of the Embassy and congratulated the Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter and the Department of Correctional Services for their commitment to professionalism and to improving their skills and abilities.
He said “If only one inmate is better rehabilitated as a result of this effort, it is worth the investment.”
The donation of the riot gear represents an additional boost to the acquiring of national security equipment supported by the United States Embassy.
This follows the handover of a Scanning Electron Microscope to the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine and 7000 less lethal kits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force last year.
“This donation marks a valuable and timely contribution to properly equipping our correctional professionals who often operate in high-risk and challenging environments. The gear will assist the DCS to increase their ability to proactively plan for and respond to situations that may require the use of force," Charles stated.
The handover ceremony took place at the DCS Training Suite on East Street, Kingston