On Friday, September 29, 2023, thirty-four (34) Prison Officers I were promoted to the rank of Prisons Officer II, in a brief ceremony at the Conference Room, Administration Building, Golden Grove.
Commissioner of Prisons (Ag), Mr. Deopersad Ramoutar, who presided over the promotion ceremony, congratulated the Officers and stated that the promotion is a testament to their leadership, commitment and service over the years. He advised them that whilst everyone cannot lead the organization, everyone can display leadership qualities and be positive role models to the hundreds of young officers and charges under their care. He added that the responsibilities would increase and encouraged them to embrace any challenges professionally.
Commissioner Ramoutar gave a brief testament of his vision and determination many years ago to one day lead the Prison Service, which has materialized. He reminded the newly promoted Prisons Officers that their journey going forward would be based on building character and maintaining standards, in both their personal and professional lives, tantamount to a more rewarding Prison Service. He lamented that officers have gone to court with frivolous issues, which have caused a breakdown in standards and discipline throughout the Protective Services.
In concluding his remarks, Commissioner Ramoutar complimented the Service Commissions Department for working with the Prison Service in making this the third promotion of officers within the junior ranks under his leadership. He noted that he is anxiously awaiting promotion of officers within the senior ranks, including himself.
Present at Friday’s promotion ceremony were Deputy Commissioners of Prisons (Ag). Messrs. Carlos Corraspe and Felix Alexis, Assistant Commissioners of Prisons (Ag) Messrs. Fabien Alexander and Patrick King, Senior Superintendent of Prisons (Ag) Mr. Christopher Vidale and Superintendents of Prisons (Ag), Mssrs Wayne Ankatiah, Ricardo Edwards, and Anwar Hoosaney. They all offered congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement to the thirty – four (34) officers, which included six females.
The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service congratulates all the newly promoted Prisons Officers and wishes them all the success.