If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to pull off an event that involves 1,700 participants who come from all over the world to experience battling lacrosse players, shooting pepper balls, and frantic nighttime chaos, you’ll enjoy this week’s article about OLETC’s mock riot by our newest reporter Ann Coppola. However, we don’t recommend trying any of the riot’s latest scenarios at home or your workplace.
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Writing the riot playbook
By Ann Coppola
What it takes to create organized chaos.
The eleventh annual Mock Prison Riot at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia wrapped up last week with record-breaking attendance, groundbreaking technology demonstrations, and even a parade. So what are the masterminds behind the event doing to celebrate? They’re planning for next year.
The riot, which drew an estimated 1,700 participants this year, offered three non-stop days of free training scenarios, workshops and certification classes for teams from corrections departments and other law enforcement agencies. In addition, vendors from around the world came to showcase new law enforcement technology.
“This is a huge undertaking,” says Steve Morrison, director of the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC), which, along with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center (NCLETTC), sponsors the riot.
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Regarding Foundations - We are who they say we are, 4/29/07
I cannot agree more with this theme. Corrections for some reason, most likely self identity, allows itself to have its missions and agendas dictated by outsiders, such as health care, mental health, lawyers, oversight agencies and educators. These professionals, who deserve respect, should be there to assist and augment correction operations.
Corrections for its part needs to assert its own identity and purpose and communicate its role to the world, no matter how unglamorous. Essentially, correction must learn to speak for itself. This is my view after more than 23 years of uniformed service in New York City.
Captain, NYC Department of Correction
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