Prison Officers on High Alert after Threat

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PRISON officers are being advised to exercise extreme caution after two audio messages posted on social media allude to a plot to “kill any two officers.”

Stating that all security agencies were on high alert, Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson warned officers to exercise caution and vigilance especially when off-duty.

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson said security would also be provided to officers who live in what are deemed “high risk” areas.

The release noted, “This advisory comes after several threats began circulating via the WhatsApp medium, indicating a plot to ‘kill any two officers’.”

And Minister of National Security Stuart Young, also assured that the safety and security of prison officers remain a top priority.

A release stated that Young strongly denounced the recent circulation of threatening messages being made against prison officers.

He assured that National Security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are on high alert and are working cohesively to support the safety of prison officers.

The release stated, “The Minister thanks all prison officers for pledging their support to the State and for their dedication to duty at the nation’s prisons despite the current challenges. He vows to continue working together with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service to provide officers with a greater sense of security while performing their duties.”

On Monday, Sherry Ann Watson, the ex-wife of a prison officer was shot dead outside her home at Albert Mark Street, Phase 4.

No motive for the killing of the 51-year-old have been determined.

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