|What Could Go Wrong?|
|By Joe Bouchard|
This is a series of new icebreakers from Joe Bouchard, a retired 25 year corrections veteran and corrections writer. He wrote these icebreakers for the International Association of Corrections Training Personnel (IACTP). These are a part of over 200 icebreakers Bouchard has written for IACTP since 2007. To learn more about IACTP, please visit www.iactp.org.
This is a simple exercise that prompts participants to think “What if…” It is designed to keep people on their toes and to promote safe operations.
Part I – What could go wrong?
Divide the group into teams of four or five. Give each team a worksheet with 10 scenarios. Each scenario should have 5 spaces for what could go wrong in terms of safety.
Here is an example of a completed scenario:
You are breaking a wing of prisoners for yard. What could go wrong?
There is nothing in the air suggesting any disturbances for the facility. What could go wrong?
Remember that there are three groups that we endeavor to keep safe in corrections. They are staff, prisoners and the public. The “what if…” you think of today can save the life of someone tomorrow.
Joe Bouchard is a retired corrections veteran and writer with 25 years of experience. At the time of his retirement, he was employed as a librarian by the Michigan Department of Corrections and was collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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