Cabinet has agreed to a Protective Services Commission that would handle the affairs of Barbados’ protection and emergency response.
This would include the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Immigration and Customs Departments.
This was disclosed by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed the closing ceremony of an Incident Command System workshop at HMP Dodds recently.
“We know you prison officers, under the Public Service Commission at present, may feel that your issues and your particular concerns are not addressed as speedily and effectively as they ought to be addressed….
“We have no doubt this will make your terms and conditions and your ability to have your problems addressed by the Protective Services Commission more readily and more efficiently. That is what we have to be about as a country going forward,” he said.
Mr. Hinkson explained that the Commission was a recommendation of the Henry Forde Constitutional Reform Commission over 20 years ago. He added that Government was now seeking to put that in place and it was also agreed to by the trade unions.