Prison Service officer receives employee award

| 03/02/2017
CNS Local Life

Peter Smith with award

(CNS Local Life): In an effort to continue to highlight outstanding civil servants through the Deputy Governor’s Awards programme, the Ministry of Home Affairs recognised acting supervisor Peter Smith, of HM Cayman Islands Prison Service, on Monday, 30 January. Acting Chief Officer Kathryn Dinspel-Powell presented the Chief Officer’s Choice award for December 2016 to Smith.

“I’m honoured to be able to recognise the hard work and unwavering dedication of Mr Smith,” Dinspel-Powell said. “The Chief Officer’s Choice award applauds the efforts of civil servants across core government, and the high standards they perpetuate amongst their peers, and for Mr Smith this award is well deserved.”

Prison Director Neil Lavis added, “The skills and commitment he brings to the prison on a daily basis are impeccable. His strong work ethic, positive attitude and leadership skills are admirable.   He steadfastly does his job to the best of his ability and is viewed as a role model within the Prison Service.”

On the nomination form, Smith was described as being “most reliable” and known by prisoners and colleagues alike to be “a fair and transparent officer”.

Other comments on the form noted: “He treats all prisoners well and ensures equity and equality for all; is especially good at listening and gives prisoners a voice.”

In addition it said, “He works diligently to improve the prison environment and circumstances for prisoners; and to motivate inmates to help themselves.”

Smith expressed gratitude for the honour. “I am so thankful for this award and I hope it will inspire others. I know it will motivate me to push myself even more. It’s always nice to receive recognition for your hard work. But I can’t accept this award alone, this is part of a team effort and together we make it work.”

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Category: Civil Service, Prison Service

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