Commissioner's Directive

Technical Security Systems

POLICY OBJECTIVE

  1. To ensure control in institutions and protection of the staff, the inmates and the public through the use of technical security systems.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR SYSTEM APPLICATION

  1. While the Service encourages the use of new technology to assist management and staff in fulfilling their responsibilities, it is imperative that technical security systems be implemented in such a way that they do not diminish staff-inmate interaction.
  2. Technical security systems used in institutions may include perimeter detection systems, closed circuit television, alarms systems and fire protection, and other applications for which a technical system is feasible.
  3. Each medium and maximum security institution shall have an alarm system which will permit staff members to immediately alert a central location in the event of a problem.

PROPOSALS FOR INSTALLATION OF SYSTEMS

  1. Proposals regarding the installation of technical security systems shall be developed in consultation with security and technical specialists at Regional and National Headquarters.

CONDITIONS FOR USE

  1. The conditions for use of alarm system shall be specified in the institution's Standing Orders.
  2. Where technical security systems are in place, Directors shall ensure that the following conditions are met:
    1. staff members shall be at the appropriate classification level, as specified in post standards, and shall have the required training and experience;
    2. adequate security measures shall be in place;
    3. a regular maintenance and inspection program shall be in effect; and
    4. an adequate response mechanism to any alarms or security-related information shall be provided.

TESTING OF RESPONSE CAPABILITY

  1. The response capability shall be tested and the test results recorded on a regular basis.

Original signed by
Rhéal J. LeBlanc, Commissioner

 

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