Five members of the Guyana Prison Service have completed training in the United States on responding to prison riots.
In a statement, the US Embassy said the training addressed best practices in responding to prison riots and the entire programme was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The initiative also formed part of the U.S. government’s effort to enhance citizen security through the professionalization of Guyanese law enforcement and criminal justice systems.
The embassy said it was pleased to learn that the five member team from the Guyana Prison Service have welcomed the training with the Senior Superintendent of Prisons (ag,), Deoraj Gyandat stating that the Mock Prison Riot Training granted him and his colleagues the know-how about the newest non-lethal technologies, tactics, and best practices within prison settings.
While Guyana has not experienced any major prison riots in recent years, the last one resulted in the burning down of most of the Camp Street jail and the nearby Prison Officers hall, resulting in the death of 17 prisoners.
Guyana continues to face major issues with the overcrowding of the prisons and the problem of drug and weapon smuggling into the jailhouses.