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‘Reward and Recognition Service’ held for HMP staff Learning Achievements

A ‘Reward and Recognition Service’ was recently held for staff at His Majesty’s Prison who completed over 1300 learning hours since the start of the 2024 year. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The His Majesty’s Prison facility in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO
The His Majesty’s Prison facility in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- A ‘Reward and Recognition Service’ was recently held for staff at His Majesty’s Prison who completed over 1300 learning hours since the start of the 2024 year.

The learning hours included Officer Safety, First Aid, Prison Officer Entry Level Training, and Supervisory Management Training. This significant milestone of learning hours, reached midway through the calendar year, reflects a concerted effort by the Ministry of Health and Social Development and the prison to increase training for officers.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development Ms. Tasha Bertie addressed the attendees at the event and stated that the achievement not only indicates progress for the Prison Service but also provides a platform for the institution to meet some of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Justice Review Inspection.

Ms. Tasha Bertie who was accompanied by Acting Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Wanda Walters expressed pleasure at the work being done by the prison to ensure staff is properly trained to meet the ever-changing needs of the its services.

Staff achievements celebrated 

"It's a pleasure to attend events such as this that celebrate staff achievements. Superintendent Kendall and our ministry have worked in collaboration to offer a number of training and development opportunities, aligning with the Government's mission to provide guided learning hours to each public officer. I was pleased to see the prison's 'You Said, We Did' initiative, whereby they communicated a number of important achievements following feedback received back in November 2023," the Acting Permanent Secretary said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Jay Kendall expressed pride in the team's dedication to self-improvement and skill development, "We are on a mission of change and improvement, working hard to change the narrative surrounding the prison into a positive one of teamwork, professionalism, public service, and rehabilitation. The objectives we have achieved so far provide a head-start on addressing the COI Justice Review Inspection recommendations, which is a positive development.”

The Superintendent thanked the Permanent Secretary and her team, His Excellency the Governor and his team, his colleagues in the Ministry of Justice Overseas Justice Programme team, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, and the BVI Red Cross for helping the prison to achieve its development goals.

11 Responses to “‘Reward and Recognition Service’ held for HMP staff Learning Achievements”

  • resident (08/06/2024, 23:37) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    We must congratulate the new boss at the prison. For the short time at the helm, we could see progress. We had our own Guy Hill who did nothing but talk. Its good to support your own, however we must face reality. If our own can't do the work, we must get people who could do it. Guy is nothing but waste of time.
    • Norris Turnbull (09/06/2024, 06:21) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      At resident.... I'm pretty sure you work at the prison. Seems like you have a personal vandetta n beef against/ with Guy Hill. I challenge you to say what you are writing to him face to face. A lot of u who work in that prison knew there was little to zero help for him including a lot of you deliberately undermining the program.
      • Citizen (09/06/2024, 09:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Lord send help the way you respond no bashing and straight to the point.
      • Hmmmm (09/06/2024, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

        u full of sh**, I never work with him but he is a talker for real, I know the guy. what I never agree with is anyone being bashed. I know ur comment was not directed to me but don't stray away from the fact if about ur own not getting the job done. Congrats to the new VIHMP BOSS.

      • @Norris Turnbull (10/06/2024, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Agreed, however this has never stopped Mr Hill before. He has always been a man who stood on principles. Look at how he turned around Immigration when he worked there. He made sure the Ministers understood he wasn't going to undermine the law to fit their narratives. Perhaps, this time it was the UK he was dealing with that over powered him and pressured him to not be able to carry out his mandate. Pressure does make pipe burst! Mr Hill doesn't need to put up with any type of nonsense from anybody. He has better things to do. Peace brother and God bless you!
    • Hmmmm (09/06/2024, 18:08) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      I support ur comment 100% but for guy hill a waste of time lol lol dwl
  • Native Tongue (09/06/2024, 06:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Haters will hate.
  • Native Tongue (09/06/2024, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Resident ......You are a wicked Desciple of Lucifer.
  • which one (09/06/2024, 10:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Which of the rehabilitated, freshly released inmates are responsible for the gun murders and armed robberies that plaguing the country. If a lawyer was targeted, who would be the first suspect.
    • @which one (10/06/2024, 11:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Check his client list. Check to see if he had any problems with any of his employees. Check to see if any of his colleagues or former colleagues held a grudge for a particular case he had won or chased and was successful in getting, anything problematic with his Intellectual Property work. Check his family. Check his love life. Who had access to his home? Was he helping another lawyer or firm with a contentious matter such as a Probate. Property issues tend to make beneficiaries stupid. Finally, who has the most to gain from his death? Family? Friend? Another Firm? His Partner? A client? Yep, there's a desperate need to figure out who killed our learned friend.
  • Hmmmm (09/06/2024, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply


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