Friday, February 05, 2010

9 WARDENS SENT HOME

Fiji Sun News - 5 February 2010

Nine prison wardens have been sacked by the Fiji Prisons and Correctional Services.

The wardens were based at the Suva Prison. They were sent home for indiscipline, the service's media liaison officer Fred Elbourne said.

But Mr Elbourne would not give details of what led to the mass dismissals, saying it was an internal matter.

Nine prison wardens have been sacked by the Fiji Prisons and Correctional Services.

The wardens were based at the Suva Prison.

They were sent home for indiscipline, the service’s media liaison officer Fred Elbourne said.

But Mr Elbourne would not give details of what led to the mass dismissals.

He said the discharging of officers “is an internal matter”. “The nine officers were discharged as their services were no longer required,” Mr Elbourne said.

He warned that indiscipline within the service would be dealt with seriously.

“The Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service is a professional organisation and serious breaches of discipline will not be tolerated,” Mr Elbourne said.

When pressed for details, he said the discharge was in line with changes taking place within service. “There is a process in place to ensure the quick replacement of officers to ensure that operations at the prison are not affected by the dismissals,” he said.

Mr Elbourne said there were capable people who could replace the discharged officers.

“There are no shortages of people who can take their place,” he said.

This is the first reported case of mass discharge from the Prisons Department in a long time.

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