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The 2018 Leadership Cayman class held its last seminar before the Easter Holidays on Wednesday, March 21, focussing on ‘Criminal Justice.’
The class gathered in the early afternoon for a tour of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Northward. Custodial Manager, Mr. Peter Foster – who has been employed at HMP Northward for over 30 years – and Ms. Kerrilyn Rivers led the class around the facility and introduced them to key members of staff, including the shift commander, rehabilitation officers and cell block wardens.
The tour also gave the class members an insight into how prisoners are processed on their arrival to the facility, as well as the different blocks and wings of the prison.
The evening seminar was held at the George Town Court House, and the class was joined by an expert panel comprised of:
Mr. Derek Byrne, Commissioner of Police
Mr. Steven Barrett, Director of Prisons
Mrs. Angela Tanzillo-Swarts, Forensic DNA Specialist
Ms. Darlene Oko, Crown Counsel, Office of the DDP
The class members split into three groups to discuss their tour of HMP Northward, and to discuss key aspects of the criminal justice system in the Cayman Islands.
The group discussed the challenges and opportunities that technology brings to the current system, as well as examining strategies in place to resolve any potential issues.
“Leadership Cayman provides great opportunities to meet with socially minded people from the community to discuss and debate issues and matters of mutual interest and concern,” said Mr. Byrne.
Director of Prisons, Mr. Barrett shared a similar feeling about the programme, saying that it is a “really valuable programme which brings together a network of talent and perspectives that will surely draw benefits to those who participate, including those invited to attend as panellists.”
Class members Alexandra Simonova and Ravi Campbell acted as moderators for the seminar, with support from programme graduate and seminar mentor, Kellie McGee.
The class will next meet on Wednesday, April 4 for the ‘Immigration’ seminar.