I started over two decades ago, so I kind of consider myself as an ‘Old School’ Prison Officer. Most of my coworkers are now retired.
When you first join, you have the fear of unknown – murderers, rapist etc… Once you are inside, you realize (as Bermuda is a small Island) you know a lot of the inmates either related by family or know from school, neighborhood. So it eases the fear of Westgate being a violent place because it is not but the prospect for violence can occur.
There have been occasions where big instances may happen and that is where our training comes into play. Becoming a Prison Officer, you have to establish yourself and recognize that guilty or not guilty the person is still locked up and us as Prison Officers took the oath that we carry out the Law of the Court and house the guys.