The Min­istry of Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity hails a Con­sum­mate Pro­fes­sional

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

For­mer As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Prisons – ASP Clive Jules has re­tired. On Fri­day May 20 2016 Verne Garde, Di­rec­tor of the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity (BCF) and Se­na­tor, Honourable Phillip La Corbiniere, Min­is­ter for Le­gal Af­fairs, Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity, presided over a pass­ing out pa­rade and re­tire­ment cer­e­mony in hon­our of this dili­gent of­fi­cer who was driven by a de­sire to serve his coun­try.

In 1983 Jules en­listed with Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) as a ju­nior ca­reer Prison Of­fi­cer. He started in Cor­rec­tions un­der the di­rec­tion of Su­per­in­ten­dent of Prisons Mr. Win­ston Mel­choir. Jules later worked un­der the su­per­vi­sion of for­mer Su­per­in­ten­dent of Prisons Mr. Ran­dal Yorke. He cred­its both men for their lead­er­ship and for in­flu­enc­ing his early days in a man­ner that even­tu­ally moulded his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion as an of­fi­cer.

After four years of job ex­pe­ri­ence, rookie Jules pro­ceeded to Train­ing School. He grad­u­ated hav­ing achieved one of the high­est test scores, and re­turned to HMP. Jules was later pro­moted to the rank of Cor­po­ral, nur­tur­ing a pas­sion for lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing.

Some of the riv­et­ing events that Jules wit­nessed in­clude the prison fire, the prison riot, and the ex­tra­di­tion of in­mates to Gre­nada. Dur­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane To­mas he was trapped at the BCF for nine days along with a group of 12 Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cers. Their story of how they man­aged was noth­ing short of heroic. The BCF salutes Mr. Jules as one who has wit­nessed the good, the bad and ev­ery­thing in be­tween over his 33 years of ser­vice as a Prison Of­fi­cer and Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer re­spec­tively.

The move to Borde­lais in 2003 was a mile­stone for Jules as it pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to re­new the im­age and im­por­tance of Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cers in the eyes of the public. Jules be­lieved that the con­tri­bu­tion of Prison Of­fi­cers was not val­ued. He saw the new fa­cil­ity as a chance for the public to ac­quire a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the role of its Of­fi­cers.

In Fe­bru­ary 2014 there was a void after the re­tire­ment of Mr. Re­nee Fed­er­ick and Mr. Lyn­del St. Juste. In Novem­ber 2014 Jules was given the op­por­tu­nity to take over the Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment. Dur­ing that time he was re­spon­si­ble for the Guard House, Re­cep­tion, Con­trol Unit, Out­door, Work­shop, and Gen­eral Se­cu­rity of the Fa­cil­ity. Jules spear­headed a ma­jor turn­around on the prison farm. The farm has been very dear to his heart: in 2015, after a meet­ing with man­age­ment, he launched a pro­gramme called Farm Coud­main. This pro­gramme is set to trans­form the BCF and forms part of the proud legacy of Mr. Clive Jules.

For­mer ASP Clive Jules (right) seated next to BCF Di­rec­tor Verne Garde.

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