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Mark Fairhurst - National Chair:
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Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
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Glyn Travis - Press Officer:
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POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

193 23 Nov 2018


The POA welcome the announcement from the Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke to announce a return to dedicated search teams across the prison estate.

The POA has been campaigning for a return to security, control and discipline as the Prison Service has lurched from one crisis to another since 2010.

The POA are mindful that the levels of violence, contraband, drugs and mobile phones are at the heart of organised crime within the system and fear this action to introduce dedicated search teams may be too little too late.

Leaders of the POA today seek constructive dialogue with the Secretary of State to ensure security, discipline and control are at the forefront of Prison Reform.


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