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