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$98,000 Lautoka Remand Centre Visitors’ Room Upgrade Will Ensure Security, Safety Says Commisioner

Technology will play a key role to assist corrections personnel to execute their duties effectively.
16 Aug 2019 17:27
$98,000 Lautoka Remand Centre Visitors’ Room Upgrade Will Ensure Security, Safety Says Commisioner
Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) Commander Francis Kean during a tour of the Lautoka Remand Centre visitors room. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS), Commander Francis Kean, says the new Lautoka Remand Centre’s visitors room will ensure the security and safety of personnel as well as those awaiting court cases.

Technology will play a key role to assist corrections personnel to execute their duties effectively.

Commander Kean, last week, commissioned the new $98,000 facility, which includes a permanent $15,000 body scanner.

“The structure of our correctional centres in Fiji, apparently are designed in the old days where the need to use technology was not factored in so now that we are all in the information age there is the availability of technology to assist us in our duties in corrections,” he said.

“The building is another step closer towards compliance of international best practice.

“When we do get to commission the renovations that are currently underway at the Maximum Correctional Centre, we will also see some similar features that we’ve also done here at the Lautoka Remand Centre.”

The Lautoka Remand Centre visitors room. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Lautoka Remand Centre visitors room. Photo: Salote Qalubau

He said the task of rehabilitation, positively restoring lives trying to get those in our care back on the right track even if they were non-convicted prisoners, was a major task.

“This facility that we are going to commission today (yesterday) is also a sample visiting room. You may have read in the media and heard over radio airwaves and even TV the huge challenge that we at Fiji Corrections Service face on a daily basis, particularly with the illegal smuggling of contraband not only by convict prisoners but by our remand prisoners,” Mr Kean said.

“Sadly they go to all extremes to smuggle contraband for reasons best known to them and it’s a health risk and also life-threatening to them. We continue to educate them and remind them of the consequences of such actions.”

The facility includes 10 visitor windows and five CCTV cameras with one camera capable of monitor two windows.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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