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Seychelles Prison Service | 22 February 2020

Seychelles Prison Service

Prison staff in their new uniforms showing the ‘new’ look and more professional appearance (Photo source: SPS)

Staff to take online prison officer course


In its drive to continually improve on its service delivery the Seychelles Prison Service (SPS) will now require all staff to participate and complete an online ‘E’ learning course offered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).

The course consists of an introduction, five substantive modules as well as a final assessment.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a certificate by the UNODC.

The course pertains specifically to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the treatment of prisoners.

“By direction of the Superintendent of Prisons, the human resource department at the prison service has been tasked to coordinate this activity and provide for staff registering for the online course a work station for them to do just that. To that end staff will be scheduled a date and time to complete their formalities and shortly after to complete the online course,” Audray Sally, SPS’ HR officer said.

To date this new online course has attracted approximately 40,000 prison and correctional staff from around the world.

Funded by the governments of Germany and South Africa, the course was introduced to the Superintendent of Prisons when attending the 1st Forum on Corrections and Rehabilitation held in the Kingdom of Morocco from January 30 – 31, 2020.

The SPS’ strategic plan 2019 - 2024 has taken into consideration the best practices under the UN Minimum Standards for humane treatment of prisoners as it further aligns its own operations to those standards.

The SPS has set a target date of July 17, 2020 for all staff to have completed the online course, on the very day that the prison service will be holding its 3rd observation of ‘Nelson Mandela Day.’ A further communique on this special day, its objectives and where the event will be held will follow in due course.

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