Prison officers say they do not have the tools and resources to do their jobs properly. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Prison officers say they do not have the tools and resources to do their jobs properly. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

TUESDAY, MARCH 27:  Prison officers gathered at the Cabinet Office today claiming they do not have the resources to deal with a ‘new breed of inmate’.

Scores of corrections staff presented a list of grievances to Attorney General Kim Wilson and Premier Paula Cox outlining their security, health and safety concerns.

Craig Clarke, chairman of the Prison Officer’s Association, said officers were risking their lives at work.

He claimed weapons were routinely being smuggled into Westgate and the perimeters were being breached on a daily basis.

He said: “We have grown weary of Government’s promises to fix some of these things.

“This goes back to the Board of Inquiry of 2001, some of these issues are still outstanding.

“We have asked, we have waited, we have been patient.

“Now we have had to come out and show Government we are serious about what we intend to do.”

Mr Clarke called on the government to act and provide a safer work environment for prison officers.

He said corrections staff did not have the tools and resources to do their jobs properly.

Mr Clarke added: “We feel it is disrespectful for us to have to keep asking and then have to wait and wait and wait, until we can wait no more.

“We need some action. It is for the good of the country.”

Ms Wilson told the crowd she would take their concerns on board and Government would do its best to alleviate them.

She added: “We certainly appreciate the work you do.

“And we have taken steps to address some of the concerns you have raised.

“Others are more long term, and would have to be budgeted for in the upcoming year.”