The Importance of Monitoring During a Prisoner Transport Process

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March 6, 2013 — 1,752 views  
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Prisoner transportation from one location to some other place takes place everyday, and the protocols to be followed are the same throughout the world. The primary objective of such transportation is to make sure the subjects reach the destination without any injury to the transporters, the inmates, or any other person. To achieve this goal successfully, the officer-in-charge should know the Custody Control fundamentals, application of the restraints, and the various transportation procedures.

There's a need for better security during transportation as prisoners who are able to escape during transit tend to be violent to secure vehicles, weapons, or food. This places the private citizens under risk. If an officer's actions resulted in the escape, then he is liable to be held responsible for it.

Checking Prisoners

Not enough emphasis can be given on the proper transportation methods and the use of restraints. You have to realize that you are not only placing the prisoner's life in jeopardy, but also yours and of every other person involved.

Before starting on the journey with the subject, you should determine the classification of the prisoner and the level of risk involved in the transportation. Get thorough information about the prisoner's actions during his term to prepare yourself better before the transportation.

You should always perform the body searches by yourself. You cannot be sure whether others know how to properly conduct such searches, since you have your safety and even your life on the line here. You need to be objective, thorough, and systematic in your searching approach. If you don't feel comfortable by the way your partner performed the search, you should show professionalism by redoing it.

You should also make sure to properly check the restraints, or if needed, apply the restraints yourself. This should be done in the presence of another officer. If the prisoner already has been restrained, then check the bindings yourself.

Importance of Monitoring

Constant monitoring of the prisoners is also a must. You should seat yourself where you can easily check the movements of the subject. The importance of constant monitoring cannot be emphasized. This doesn't mean you should treat the prisoner inhumanely. Apply your common sense and answer the prisoner precisely if he asks you a question. Monitoring may also involve the prisoner baiting you, which should be ignored.

You should increase your attention when the destination is close, as the prisoner has had time to map out the future course of action and he may make a decisive move around that time. Keep in mind that a prisoner has had nothing to do apart from thinking about his predicament and maybe planning an escape. You should check the prisoner comprehensibly before starting the journey to avoid any unnecessary surprises. You can never be too sure if the prisoner hasn't managed to bring something aboard that may compromise yours or your partners' safety.

Ultimately, prisoner transportation is a very important and risky job. You are putting your life on the line here and hence you should be careful with your preparations.

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