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Procedure Properties

Title: Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black
Category: Safety and Security
Version: 03
Implement Date: 18 August 2009
Application: Custodial Operations/Probation and Parole
Availability: Public

Authority

Appendices and Forms

Procedures

Local Procedures

  • Arthur Gorrie - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane Women's - Riot/Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Borallon - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Capricornia - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Darling Downs - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Lotus Glen - Riot/Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Maryborough - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Numinbah - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Palen Creek - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Male Farm - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Wolston - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)

Performance Measures

  • Nil

Procedure - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black


Purpose
1.Definitions
2.General
2.1High/low security facilities
3.Contingency checklists
3.1High/low security facilities
3.2Probation and parole office
4.Control
4.1High/low security facility
4.2Probation and parole office
5.Contact number list
5.1High/low security facility
5.2Probation and parole office

Purpose

To provide an effective and co-ordinated response in the event of a riot or major disturbance, that ensures the safety of all persons and the security and integrity of a corrective services facility and/or probation and parole office.

1. Definitions

“corrective services facility” - refer Corrective Services Act 2006 Schedule 4

probation and parole office” - refer Corrective Services Act 2006 Schedule 4

2. General

The relevant manager must ensure that protocols, contingency plans and staff training are implemented to manage a major disturbance (including one requiring an evacuation) within the facility/probation and parole office, in particular, the critical period from initial discovery of the source of the emergency until the arrival of emergency services personnel. Refer procedure - Contingency Planning

The relevant manager must ensure that staff are familiar with evacuation plans to provide staff, offenders and visitors with clear direction should the order to evacuate be given in an emergency.

All persons responding to an emergency incident must attempt to minimise the impact of the event or incident on persons involved and provide required assistance to maintain a safe and secure work place. Staff must not place themselves in a position where there is risk to their own personal safety, when responding to an emergency incident.

A riot or major disturbance may include-

  1. unlawful assembly
  2. riot;
  3. mutiny; or
  4. loss of control (eg. prisoner on roof).

2.1 High/low security facilities

The Incident Commander must ensure that the responses to a riot or disturbance take into account their duty of care obligations to minimise the risk to staff, as well as their responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

3. Contingency checklists

The general manager/district manager must develop checklists which outline the tasks to be completed by each officer in the event of a riot or major disturbance. The checklists may be amended or modified by the general manager/district manager when required and should be readily accessible for use by relevant officers.

The general manager/district manager must ensure that staff are aware of how the various roles are to be assigned so that all necessary activities are carried out in the event of a riot or major disturbance.

3.1 High/low security facilities

For high/low security facilities (except Helana Jones Centre), checklists should be developed using appendices-

  1. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Control Room / Master Control;
  2. Code Black (Example Checklist) - First Officer Response;
  3. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Intelligence Officer/Supervisor;
  4. Code Black (Example Checklist) - General Manager/Incident Commander;
  5. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Primary Response;
  6. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Relevant Supervisor/Field Commander; and
  7. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Secondary Response.

For Helana Jones Centre checklists should be developed using appendices-

  1. Code Black (Example Checklist) - First Officer Response;
  2. Code Black (Example Checklist) - General Manager/Incident Commander; and
  3. Code Black (Example Checklist) - Relevant Supervisor/Manager.

3.2 Probation and parole office

For a probation and parole office checklists should be developed using appendices -

  1. Major Disturbance (Example Checklist) - First Officer Response; and
  2. Major Disturbance (Example Checklist) - District Manager.

4. Control

4.1 High/low security facility

The relevant general manager or supervisor must co-ordinate the internal and external responses to manage the security and integrity of the entire facility.

All other correctional supervisors and managers must remain within their designated area of responsibility and supervise their staff, unless otherwise required by other procedures.

4.2 Probation and parole office

The district manager must take control of the emergency until the arrival of emergency services personnel. All staff and visitors to the office must follow the instructions given by the district manager during the emergency.

The district manager must have published within the office an ordered list of staff members' names. In the absence of the district manager, the staff member nominated highest on that list from among those present must assume control of the situation until the arrival of emergency services personnel.

5. Contact number list

5.1 High/low security facility

The general manager must develop a contact number list that should be readily accessible in the Master Control room in high security facilities and the Duty Room in low security facilities. The list will be used in the event of an incident to contact, for example Agency officers, Queensland Police Service, emergency services or local residents where applicable.

The contact number list may be amended or modified by the general manager of the corrective services facility.

5.2 Probation and parole office

The district manager is responsible for ensuring that appropriate emergency response telephone contacts for a major disturbance are clearly identified and displayed in prominent positions within the workplace.





KELVIN ANDERSON
Commissioner





Version History

18/08/2009 Version 03 - 28/08/2006 Version 02 - 14/03/2006 Version 01 - 01/07/2001 Version 00