We are more comfortable now that the vehicle used to transport prisoners to and from the prison is more convenient for doing so, one policeman said.
The vehicle, registration number PE755 was enthusiastically applauded by officers in Grenville and is being seen as the end of a nightmare for them.
Taking prisoners from the Richmond Hill Prison to Grenville and back to attend their court matters should have never been done with a passenger bus in the first place the officer said.
The new vehicle is specially designed for that purpose; it is more convenient, better equipped and more accommodatable, another officer said.
We are human too the officer said and it’s only the almighty God who had protected us from that time bomb, which never got the opportunity to explode. The officer said, just imagine a passenger bus filled to capacity with prisoners from Richmond Hill Prison to Grenville and back just three, sometime four officers escorting these criminals charged with various crimes from murder to rape to drugs to stealing. “If this group decides that they were going to hijack the bus on the way up or down, imagine the tragedy, it was never a good idea, I never supported it,” the officer said, “but when I was given prison escort I obeyed the rules in the interest of my job”.
“However, I do know that over the years our superiors clamoured for a better means of transporting prisoners in preference to the passenger bus that was used. We used those buses because it was a situation that we had no control over”, he said
“It was always my belief that the vehicle to transport prisoners should have been specially designed and should have been different, not a passenger bus”.
“Prisoners should not sit too close together or be in near proximity to the driver as this creates a dangerous situation in various ways”, the officer elaborated.