For many of us, Christmas Day is spent at home with family, friends and presents. Yet for thousands of people in the justice sector, today will be spent at work keeping our country safe.
We spoke to just two of our justice sector workers who will be #WorkingThisChristmas:
I’m working at HMP Peterborough. My daughter will travel with me, she is a custody officer in the same establishment, and we have both been detailed the early shift. For us, that is a 6:30am start and a finish, hopefully, at 1pm.
The rest of the family will be awaiting our arrival home so that we can share Christmas lunch and open gifts. We are hoping that the current Covid problems will not impact us too much, but we are nervous about staffing levels and the ability to allow our prisoners time out of their cells to enjoy the Christmas festivities safely.
It is Christmas, and a time for us to support each other whatever the reason. I write this on Christmas Eve and although I am not particularly a religious man, I do offer a little prayer that we get through the period safely.
This Christmas, I will be working at HMP Woodhill, a Category A prison. I will be leaving the house before anyone gets up, my wife and kids will spend the day and have Christmas dinner with her family and I will pick them up in the evening when I finish work. The nature of the work we do in the justice sector to help keep the public safe never stops or takes a day off.
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