CSD step welcomed by police
By ERIC ANDERSON
POLICE yesterday welcomed the announcement that the Correctional Services Department (CSD) would take over responsibility for escorting prisoners.
''It will no doubt spare more police to fight crime and relieve police to do law and order duties,'' a police spokesman said.
''More police on the street is much better.'' Starting on April 1, CSD officers will escort remand prisoners to and from 10 magistrate's courts and five CSD reception centres.
Police escort an average of 3,700 remand prisoners between courts and reception centres each month.
The police have been responsible for the duty since 1948.
But a CSD spokesman said the department was ''happy to take up the new responsibilities, which are more appropriate to our functions''.
CSD officers already are responsible for escorting prisoners to the Supreme and District courts.
Sixty-two CSD posts have been created to meet the department's new responsibility and a batch of recruits has been hired.