Use of and Responding to Alarms
Applies to staff monitoring and operating personal portable, fixed-point and cell call alarms within institutions, excluding Community Correctional Centres
- The Institutional Head will:
Personal Portable Alarms
- Personal portable alarms that are permanently assigned to specific locations will not be removed from their locations unless they malfunction.
- Personal portable alarms issued to staff will be worn at all times. Refusal by staff to wear a personal portable alarm is a disciplinary offence.
- Inmates are not allowed to possess or operate personal portable alarms.
- Personal portable alarms will be activated by staff when they believe that their personal safety, the safety of another person or the security of the institution is at imminent risk and they require immediate assistance and where other forms of notification or communication (e.g. radio, telephone) are believed inadequate given the situation.
Cell Call Alarms
- When taking over a post equipped with a cell alarm monitor, the Correctional Officer/Primary Worker will:
- The cell call alarm will not be disabled until authorization is provided by the Correctional Manager.
- Prior to disabling a cell call alarm in an occupied cell, the Correctional Officer/Primary Worker will visually verify the well-being of the inmate.
- Normally, cell call alarms will not be disabled for a period longer than 15 minutes. If a cell alarm needs to be disabled for a longer period of time, the Correctional Officer/Primary Worker will:
- In men’s medium, maximum and multi-level (excluding minimum security units/ranges) security units, Treatment Centres and the secure unit at women’s institutions, when responding to a cell call alarm or upon observing an inmate who appears to be in need of medical assistance, prior to entering the cell, a minimum of two Correctional Officers/Primary Workers must be present at the cell. One additional Correctional Officer/Primary Worker must observe (directly or by camera/monitor) the range area in which the cell is located. This may be from the unit control post or another location within the unit where they can view the area from a distance (e.g. the head of the range).
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CROSS-REFERENCES AND DEFINITIONS
Cell call alarm: an alarm unit which is permanently installed in a cell and when activated, triggers an alarm at a central control centre, and identifies the specific alarm unit and/or its designated location.
Fixed-point alarm: a permanently installed security device that triggers an alarm when activated.
Personal portable alarm: a mobile security device that triggers an alarm at a central control centre when activated, and identifies the specific alarm unit and/or its designated location.
For more information
- Government-wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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