Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 576

Why was the policy changed?

Following the promulgation of CD 566-6 in May 2016, a further review of the Threat Risk Assessment (TRA) requirements was completed in order to streamline the process.

The identified TRA process was not deemed to be as efficient as originally anticipated given the requirements around the implementation of TRAs for all medium and maximum security level escorts. Additionally, concerns were raised regarding the designation of responsibilities.

Clarification was also sought with respect to the number of staff required for escorts using a vehicle equipped with inserts.

What has changed?

A Security Assessment will be completed by a Correctional Manager and an SIO responsible for reviewing the files of all current inmates and subsequent new admissions, with a focus on the existing five key areas (escape, duty to warn, gang affiliation, specialized handling and deportation). The review will determine whether a TRA is required for specific inmates for every security escort. A Security Assessment will be completed annually or earlier if new security information has been identified that may have an impact on escorting requirements.

With respect to vehicles equipped with inserts which separate inmates, a minimum of two Correctional Officers and a driver is required for two or more inmates; however, following a TRA, the Institutional Head can increase the number of Correctional Officers in order to mitigate the risk if deemed necessary.

How was it developed?

These policy changes were developed by the Security Branch in consultation with the Strategic Policy Division as well as internal and external stakeholders.

Accountabilities?

All CSC management and staff are responsible to ensure compliance.

Who will be affected by the policy?

All institutional managers and staff involved in security escorts.

Expected cost?

None.

Other impacts?

None.

For more information

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