Northward Prison marks first internal promotions in eight years
On Monday, 16 December, Her Majesty’s Prison Northward held its first internal promotions in eight years. It was a ceremony in which three members of staff were promoted to the position of Supervisor. During the event Paul Lorraine, James Waldron and Rohan Copeland were pinned and congratulated for their more than three decades of service to the institution.
“I love my job; it transcends personal gain,” said new supervisor Paul Lorraine. “We made commitments to the prison and to our families to be of true service, and we are very honoured to be given this task.”
The Promotions Board reviewed applications for the posts that were advertised by the Prison Service earlier this year. They ranked these applications based on performance and created a merit list that was used to identify and promote the first batch of three which happened to be Lorraine, Waldron and Copeland. There is at least one other officer who has been accepted, but is awaiting the opening of another supervisory position.
“When I arrived I saw the glass ceiling and the frustrations, so I’m really pleased to recognise your hard work, especially as both the staff and the prison population (has) expressed their approval of your promotions,” stated Prison Director Neil Lavis to the newly-appointed Supervisors.
He further implored the men to use their moral compasses and make honest and transparent decisions as well as to think of the promotion as a stepping-stone to continued excellence.
Chief Officer Eric Bush also offered encouragement by advising the trio to stick to their training and do what’s right. “We need to celebrate our successes, for others are quick to celebrate our failings.”