|Managing Security Risks|
|By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ|
Securing your prisons for public safety is your first priority. The ancillary reasons for managing prisons is to reduce risks in all operational features and blend or integrate program and support concerns with tools designed to:
Additionally, should an incident occur the strategies, preparations or planning for such risks is recognized as the leading provider or source for effective crisis response services.
Controlling risks are challenging and are increasingly complex as the prison industry is fluid and always changing in controlled and uncontrolled dynamics. It takes good strategy and excellent proactive planning to manage or monitor risk factors as they change either by operational changes or environmental challenges.
Therefore, prison managers should always be prepared to respond to events that may have an impact on the industry, resource and train appropriately for secure security operations and understand the business thoroughly and prepare contingency plans to reduce potential negative impacts of risks identified.
Prison managers should possess specific skills designed to control risks or reduce them to manageable levels that include at a minimum subject matter expertise, investigative skills, intelligence gathering and work closely with other agencies to formulate effective intervention methods, deterrents and alternatives to those risks identified inside prisons.
Additional services to help control risks are:
Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Carl’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."
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