Safety Tips For Officers
Death Threats, Violence and Manipulation
This page gives officers added advice and training in self defence tactices and tips to maintain a high level of personal safty while on and off the job. It also highlight some of the main facts about death threats, violence and ,anipulation in prisons.
Research emanating from the United States between 1992-1996 suggests that with the exception of police officers, the number of workplace non- fatal violent incidents is higher per 1,000 employees for correctional officers than for any other profession, including taxi drivers, convenience store staff, mental health workers, and teachers. From 1992 to 1996, there were nearly 218 incidents per 1,000 correctional officers, for a total of 58,300 incidents (Greg, 1998).
The research pointed to the fact that Inmate violence, Actual violence, including assaults, hostage taking, riots, inmates killing each other, and inmate suicides, could be a major source of stress for many officers not only during situations but also afterwards (Greg, 1998). Cornelius, (1992) Stated that “when officers are manipulated successfully by inmates . . . , they may experience extreme stress” (p. 56) The practise of manipulation is without a doubt a valid contributor of work related stress.
Inmates have a lot of time to study the patterns of officers and search for weaknesses. They continually probe and search for ways to get into the minds of officers with the aim of convincing them to traffick for them (bring in cell phones, cigarettes, drugs etc.) or grant them special favours. In Trinidad and Tobago Prisons, inmates who are not successful in manipulating officers usually resort to threats of violence against the officer or his family.