Stab-proof vests aren’t required in the Central Nova Correctional Facility’s North 1 wing, where a guard captain was stabbed twice on Saturday.

But Justice Minister Ross Landry said yesterday depending on the findings of a police investigation into the incident, the government may be willing to make them available.

“The situation will be reviewed from a multitude of angles, and if it’s determined at that time that increased protection is needed, that decision will be made,” he said.

The protective vests are used in all areas of the Burnside jail, according to department spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin, but mostly for high-risk searches.

Landry said if the investigation determines the vests are necessary, his decision will be based on both the safety of employees and budget constraints.

“I … have a department to manage within a budget.”

But if it comes to an employee’s safety is at risk, I will find the budget for the safety and quality of health for our employee.”

Just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Burnside jail after receiving reports of a stabbing.

The guard captain suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds to his abdomen.

Charged
Fraser faces numerous charges

• John Roderick Fraser, 21, has been charged with aggravated assault, assaulting a peace officer, possession of a weapon, and uttering threats.