Prison staff receive special training

Staff at Her Majesty’s Prison Service will benefit from a 12-week course facilitated by the Civil Service College of the Cayman Islands. 

The course, which is one of the first of its kind to be offered to managers, will focus on organisational behaviour and communication. 

“This undertaking has been tailor-made for the prison and will bring our correctional workers into the 21st Century in terms of computer literacy, the ability to write reports and analytical thinking. Subject matter such as motivational interviewing and emotional intelligence will also be explored,” said Aduke Natalie Joseph-Caesar, deputy director of the prison service. 

She said that the pilot project was a part of “restructuring of how we work with inmates by restructuring ourselves”. 

The course means that the classes will be done on site at the prison and cater to the schedules of the officers. 

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Katherine Dinspel, deputy chief officer in the government’s Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs, said that the courses focus on development. She encourage everyone to embrace the opportunity and take what they learn back to work with them. 

“Support one another and invest in a team mentality,” she said. 

More than 1,000 civil servants have benefitted from courses offered by the Civil Service College of the Cayman Islands during a five-year period. 

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