Officers’ royal appointment

PUBLISHED: 12:11 16 March 2007 | UPDATED: 22:39 28 May 2010

TWO prison officers were presented with awards by the Princess Royal for their work helping some of Britain s most violent prisoners. The princess gave senior officer Aubrey Thomas and prison officer Rosalind Savage, both of Whitemoor Prison, March, the B

TWO prison officers were presented with awards by the Princess Royal for their work helping some of Britain's most violent prisoners.

The princess gave senior officer Aubrey Thomas and prison officer Rosalind Savage, both of Whitemoor Prison, March, the Butler Trust Terry Waite Award, at Buckingham Palace, on Monday.

The award was on behalf of the prison's special units team which, collectively, had demonstrated exceptional dedication to one of the most difficult-to-reach groups in the prison population.

Trustee Terry Waite will visit Whitemoor at the end of March and will observe the programmes taking place and talk to staff and prisoners under the supervision of the special units team.

The close supervision centre and dangerous and severe personality disorder unit at Whitemoor hold prisoners with long histories of serious violence.

A Butler Trust spokesman said: "The Special Units team demonstrates these prisoners, far from being untreatable, can be encouraged and supported to change.

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