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Recommendations Of The Coroner's Inquest Into The Death Of Robert Gentles

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23. It is recommended that, for the safety of correctional officers and inmates, all correctional officers receive training in cell extractions of non-compliant inmates.

CSC'S RESPONSE:

The study currently being conducted by the Security Division on the Use of Force Standards in both law enforcement and correctional settings will examine the existing training in cell extraction and ascertain the scope of additional training required.

CSC is currently developing a training module to include specific instruction in cell extraction.. This training will include cell extraction procedures and control techniques within the parameters established by law and the Use of Force Management Model and related policies and procedures (refer also to response to recommendation #3).

Included in the training are situational exercises dealing with non-compliant inmates. Examples include an offender exhibiting behaviour consistent with someone being under the influence of an intoxicant; an offender who becomes physically or verbally resistant during the application of handcuffs; an offender who threatens to contaminate an officer with his blood; and an offender who is threatening staff with a knife.

While training in cell extraction procedures and control techniques is important CSC also recognizes the need for officers performing cell extractions to have excellent communication and negotiation skills which can, in many cases, avoid the need for forcible removal of the inmate.