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HMP admonished to hire locally

- Senior prison officers participating in 4-day strategic planning workshop
Principal Officer of Her Majesty's Prison, Mr Royston L. Percival is among the senior ranks of the HMP attending the workshop. Photo: VINO
Mr Lew T. Edwards and Mrs Leas A. Edwards of Edwards Consulting Investment of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, are the facilitators of the workshop. Photo: VINO
Mr Lew T. Edwards and Mrs Leas A. Edwards of Edwards Consulting Investment of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, are the facilitators of the workshop. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn has admonished those conducting interviews to fill vacancies at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) to do everything possible to hire locally. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn has admonished those conducting interviews to fill vacancies at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) to do everything possible to hire locally. Photo: VINO
Some of the Prison Officers attending the workshop to deveop a strategic plan for the development of HMP. Photo: VINO
Some of the Prison Officers attending the workshop to deveop a strategic plan for the development of HMP. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola - Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn this morning, February 21, 2013 admonished that those conducting interviews to fill vacancies at Her Majesty Prison (HMP) to do everything possible to hire locally. "He who has ears let him ear," Hon. Walwyn stated emphatically.

The Minister was at the time addressing key officers of HMP on the opening day of a 4-day strategic planning workshop being held at the Education Conference Room, RJT Edifice building.

The senior prison officers were told by Hon. Walwyn that while fourteen new Prison officers were recently hired, they are hoping to fill the other vacancies shortly. "And I admonish those conducting the interviews to do everything possible to hire locally. And I will take my time to say this, as a matter of fact, I will be insisting that we immediately look at a local recruitment drive followed by a short training programme to create a pool from which to hire locally to fill these vacant posts," the Minister stated.

He also said the answer to improving the prison system does not lie only in putting up more buildings.

"We all know and understand that there are many issues and problems with regard to the prison and that many of these are urgent," he noted. It was acknowledged that the problems experienced at HMP did not begin “yesterday” and because there is need to start somewhere to address the issues, the strategic workshop was designed and is being conducted.

Along with the strategic plan and development of standard operating procedures, the Education Minister said  many critical areas will be addressed.

He alluded to the recent escapes of prisoners from HMP and pointed to a number of security issues which are being addressed and which will be tightened by the operating procedures.

"When these young people, and the majority of our inmates are young people, end up in the prison we must ensure that when they leave they are in a better position than before they went in," stated Hon. Walwyn.

The Minister outlined a number of ways Government intends to ensure inmates are kept occupied and obtain skills that will help with their re-integration into society.

Mr Lew T. Edwards and Mrs Leas A. Edwards of Edwards Consulting Investment of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, have been contracted to facilitate the workshop.

In a brief opening statement, Mr Edwards outlined that the workshop will focus on a list of areas including update and revising of the standard operating procedures, which will include policies and procedures. Rehabilitation, education and work programmes, youth services and workforce development programme are also some of the areas that will be discussed.

33 Responses to “HMP admonished to hire locally”

  • facts man (21/02/2013, 12:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pure talk myron is a island man so he will look out for island people
  • state (21/02/2013, 12:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    i agree with you Minister
    • just come (21/02/2013, 13:25) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who Myron trying to fool and he putting all dem island people children in our public schools...old incompetent want-to-be better get lost!!!
    • Sick (21/02/2013, 14:17) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Myron again? I am sick of hearng from this moron.
  • critic (21/02/2013, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    pure lipservice
  • G F (21/02/2013, 15:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    HON. MYRON WALWYN I THINK THAT YOU ARE DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB...I AM NOT HIDING BEHIND A PSEUDO NAME TO WRITE BOGUS CRAP...KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK WETHER YOU ARE AN "ISLAND MAN" OR NOT...SOME PEOPLE CAN BE SO SILLY...MAYBE YOU NEED TO PRODUCE A COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA DID...AS A MATTER OF FACT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE ANYTHING...YOU GAVE MOST CHILDREN IF NOT ALL A BETTER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM TO DO THEIR WORK BY INSTALLING AIR CONDITIONING UNITS IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS, YOU ADDRESSED THE RAT/BEES PROBLEMS EXPEDITIOUSLY, YOU ADDRESSED THE CXC EXAMS, THE PRIDE IN HAVING A NATIONAL SONG, YOU ARE NOW ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF THE RECRUITMENT OF TOO MANY NON-NATIONALS IN THE PRISON JUST TO NAME A FEW...THE VIRGIN ISLANDS LOOK LIKE THE ONLY PLACE WHERE NON-NATIONALS CAN PRACTICALLY WALK OFF THE STREETS AND TAKE OVER MOST IF NOT ALL THE IMPORTANT JOBS IN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR STATUTORY BOARDS!!!

    • small head (21/02/2013, 21:17) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      I'm too busy to read this comment and even post a reply........oh sh1t I just did......

    • grip (22/02/2013, 11:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I AM SAID THAT G F HAS JOIN THE REST OF THE BRAINWASHED MYRON FOLLOWERS..GET A GRIP GIRL
  • truthster (21/02/2013, 15:08) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    90% of tortola peaople donse and uneducated, most of the post that are vacant here the locals cant fill it because they are not qualify, so the end result is that they have to send for the down islands people to fill the post, so if you going to come in my country for me to do work that your local people not qualify to do, then i have to bring my kids, i cant leave them to look after their self, and when we get to the bvi, they have to continue to school, i cant leave them home unattended so that they could get donse like the bvi people, so dont hate the educated down islands people, use that hate energy and educate yourself, lol.
    • @ (21/02/2013, 18:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Jesus. Is this a joke?
    • Excuse me! (23/02/2013, 07:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are very disrespectful, that statement you made tells me just how prejudice and ignorant you really are. It's not all expatriates are educated people, don't join the masses by pulling down, too much pulling down, and we wonder why we can't rise?! I'm a BVIslander and I'm very proud to be, I'm young and ambitious and has a lot of potential; I aim to be a part of the percentage that builds this territory, respects expatriates that come to my land to better their life.

      Yes, it have BVIslanders who make ignorant statements and behave ignorantly, that doesn't mean you have tobdo the same.
    • facts (24/02/2013, 20:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Couldn't have said it better myself ......these tolans are lazy ...have no common seNse...and yes dense.....take tolans to become prison officers ...that entire prison system will get corrupt.
  • OUT OF PLACE (21/02/2013, 15:41) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who ever the hell your are the hell with you. You ever hear this idiot. This country gone to the dogs, when some one like you sucking the. Fat of the land come here and dis BVI ILanders. Every where have its fair share of un educated people but you out of all order. I wish I knew who you are.
  • overseas (21/02/2013, 17:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Percival, didn't know you reach that far, and best wishes to Officer Gregg.
  • Myword... (21/02/2013, 18:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like the idea of workshops and training for the officers at HMP. They need new insight and options to do that job effectively. Now, next on the agenda, real REHABILITATION for the prisoners. Some work projects and programmes to help them feed and support the prison will take a load off the tax payers money I think. Mr. Walwyn what say you????
  • AC 360 (21/02/2013, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at the first photo two islands man...shame shame shame
    • Island Woman (22/02/2013, 06:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      You seem to have a problem with "island man". If you don't want "island man" in your "island" then go and educate yourself and encourage your fellow "island" people to get educated as well. Some of you who are blogging should stay away from blogging and just read and move on!
  • Island Man Wife (21/02/2013, 23:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get off the island men.... They work hard for their families! Some locals only want to sit on the block and dont do jack!
  • tell teh truth (21/02/2013, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It would be funny if another island man is the next chief of HMP
    • Cashews (22/02/2013, 07:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If an "island man" is qualified for the chief at HMP, then so be it. Because the "local man" who is there is a runner. Nuff said!
  • Well Sah (22/02/2013, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is why Black People on a whole can't get to far. whether u or i from here, there or anywhere, it doesn't matter! Stop live like crab in a bucket!
  • radio 1 (22/02/2013, 10:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    This shutting out locals from the Prison has to stop
    Not now
    RIGHT NOW!
    • Your Best Friend (22/02/2013, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Officer Mills Why You always look like something bothering you. Cheer up my best friend-Look at the bright side god put you at the prison for a reason and only he knows what that reason is.
  • ooooo (22/02/2013, 13:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    tell myron charity begins at home...look at his establishments and see how many locals working there
    • Virgin Son (23/02/2013, 07:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Walwyn always ready to spend so much money on a facility to put young people in prison but i na see nuttin in place from him sinc ehe got in to support young toruble youths!!!
  • SMH (23/02/2013, 13:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smh.....what is happening in our little paradise? Our Island in the sun seems to be under a cloud of darkness! :-(
  • wise-up (23/02/2013, 19:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why can’t our government find suitable persons and have them take up work at the Prison they should not have to plea with HM Prison to hire our people ; i find the leaders are so full of nonsense and then we wonder why the outsiders running things here....some on these persons we hire to work in areas of national security in BVI, most time we have no clue who their really are
    • bb (23/02/2013, 20:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      The measures and politcal hogwash by Myron are designed to fail from the start.
      • keep it real! (24/02/2013, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        what a lot of people are not saying is no one really wants to hear from Walwyn the man is a certified moron.
  • Let de progress continue (26/02/2013, 01:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hush..alu mouth give de dam man a chance........let him do his job out-siders me foot, down island people me foot stop de hating GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY.............. its his time u guys put him there den bash at him.......... clasp your hands and close your eyes kneel down n pray for the words that comes out ........we are all humansssssssssssssssss


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