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Procedure Properties

Title: Operational Debriefing
Category: Safety and Security
Version: 03
Implement Date: 3 March 2009
Application: Agency
Availability: Public

Authority

Appendices and Forms

Procedures

Local procedures

  • Brisbane Women's - Escape - Code Green (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane Women's - Fire - Code Red (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane Women's - Hostage - Code Brown (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane Women's - Natural Disaster - Code Aqua (in-confidence)
  • Brisbane Women's - Riot/Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit - Hostage - Code Brown (in-confidence)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence)
  • Townsville - Escort Emergency - Code Pink (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Bomb Threat - Code Orange (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Bomb Threat - Code Orange (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Male Farm - Death in Custody (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Death in Custody (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Death in Custody (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Escape - Code Green (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Escape - Code Green (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Evacuation - Code White (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Evacuation - Code White (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - External Threat - Code Purple (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - External Threat - Code Purple (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Fire - Code Red (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Fire - Code Red (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Hostage - Code Brown (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Hostage - Code Brown (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Medical Emergency - Code Blue (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Medical Emergency - Code Blue (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Natural Disaster - Code Aqua (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Natural Disaster - Code Aqua (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Men's - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Townsville Women's - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)
  • Wolston - Fire - Code Red (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Bomb Threat - Code Orange (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Death in Custody - Code Grey (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Escape - Code Green (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Escort Emergency - Code Pink (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Evacuation - Code White (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - External Threat - Code Purple (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Fire - Code Red (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Hostage - Code Brown (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Medical Emergency - Code Blue (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Natural Disaster - Code Aqua (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence) (Residential) (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence) (Zulu) (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence) [Centre Services] (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence) [Secure 1] (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Officer Requires Assistance - Code Yellow (in-confidence) [Secure 2] (in-confidence)
  • Woodford - Riot or Major Disturbance - Code Black (in-confidence)

Performance Measures

  • Assault rate (Major) Prisoner on staff (high / low)
  • Assault rate (Minor) Prisoner on staff (high / low)
  • Death rate (unnatural) (high / low)

Procedure - Operational Debriefing


Purpose
1.0General
1.1Follow up action

Purpose

To provide a process for the management of an operational debriefing following a critical incident or traumatic event.

1.0 General

Operational debriefing is conducted to provide the opportunity to review the application and suitability of a facility's procedures and staff responses to a particular incident with a view to systems improvement and/or prevention of recurrence. Refer procedure - Incident Command Centre

It provides all employees who were directly or indirectly involved in a critical incident or traumatic event, the opportunity to discuss the incident, to identify those issues that worked well, and identify any deficiencies in how the incident was responded to or managed and to make recommendations to improve response and management of such an incident or event in the future.

The general manager of a facility must provide for the administration and management of operational debriefing, including-

  1. the debrief must be conducted once a critical incident or traumatic event has been brought under control (refer procedure - Managing Traumatic Events at Work);
  2. the debrief must be chaired by the person who co-ordinated the response to the incident (the Incident Commander) or such other person as identified by the general manager of the facility;
  3. the debrief must be conducted in order of the sequence of events as they occurred;
  4. ensuring that all employees involved directly or indirectly in the incident have been interviewed by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit and other relevant persons where applicable prior to the operational debriefing;
  5. ensuring that all officers involved in the event have completed and submitted written reports prior to reporting off duty;
  6. the operational debrief must be minuted by short hand, dicta-phone or tape recorder; and
  7. the operational debrief should provide recommendations of appropriate action to be taken to remedy any identified deficiencies.

Refer administrative form - Operational Debrief (Example Checklist/Worksheet)

1.1 Follow up action

The officer conducting the operational debrief must ensure that-

  1. all employees involved directly or indirectly with the event have attended or have been directed to attend a critical incident stress debrief within 72 hours (refer procedure - Managing Traumatic Events at Work);
  2. all staff involved in the situation are directed to attend an interview with an Interlock representative before leaving the facility. The duration of this interview is dependant upon the needs of the staff member;
  3. any employee who received an injury has received the appropriate treatment and it has been recorded (refer procedure - First Officer Response - Medical and Assault);
  4. any recommended procedural changes are documented and communicated to the general manager of the facility;
  5. roster variation reports for additional hours worked by employees have been completed; and
  6. all employees involved have a minimum 10-hour break before their next rostered shift.



Kelvin Anderson
Director-General





Version History

03/03/2009 Version 03 - 28/08/2006 Version 02 - 28/05/2003 Version 01 - 01/07/2001 Version 00