Bahamas: New Correctional Intelligence Unit to Help Reduce Internal and External Threats to Prison 

NASSAU, The Bahamas — The establishment of the new Correctional Intelligence Unit (CIU) at the Department of Correctional Services (formerly Her Majesty’s Prison) represents a more focused, interagency approach to security and intelligence in The Bahamas – especially at the Correctional level.   One of the primary goals of the Unit will be to help reduce possible internal and external threats to the Correctional Services, its facilities, staff and inmate populations.   At a dedication ceremony establishing the new CIU at the Department of Correctional Services on Monday, Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage said the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) must be aware of all threats within and outside of the institution that may disrupt its normal operations or threaten the safety and security of staff and inmates.   Effectively managing security threats at the Correctional Facility, Dr. Nottage continued, depends upon timely and precise information.   “The Correctional Intelligence Unit is comprised of personnel trained in observation and information gathering. They are tasked to continuously scan the environment inside the prison to produce information dealing with threats for the attention of decision-makers,” Dr. Nottage said.   “This information (will) help correctional officers and other prison officials to foresee, control and even prevent the risks faced. The scope of intelligence gathered will also cover environments outside of prison facilities to give a broader picture of the threats from both inside and outside the walls of the institution.”   One such threat is possible gang activity within the walls of the Correctional Services. Dr. Nottage said as the Royal Bahamas Police Force responds to criminal activities of gangs, more and more gang members will wind up at the facility.   “We must therefore take steps to ensure that the Services do not become a concentrated gang environment and recruitment centre for gang members,” Dr. Nottage said.   “As you would appreciate, maintaining integrity in a public safety organization is essential to earning the respect of society. The Department of Correctional Services recognizes that unregulated activities of criminal enterprises pose a direct threat to public safety and the safety and security of the institution and undermine the public confidence of the Department to carry out its mission for the citizens of The Bahamas.”

Source: CIU to Help Reduce Possible Internal and External Threats to Prison – Government – News

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