Life be­hind bars on show

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

PRISONERS at Townsville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre may think twice about play­ing up af­ter prison guards took an in­tense train­ing session yes­ter­day.

A team of seven guards took part in the monthly train­ing session aimed at deal­ing with prob­lem­atic of­fend­ers.

T h e c e n t r e ’ s g e n e r a l ma n a g e r Andrew Pike said the demon­stra­tion was pub­li­cised to give the com­mu­nity peace of mind.

There were five es­capes at the cen­tre last year.

‘‘ It’s im­por­tant peo­ple see we are a pro­gres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion at­tempt­ing to prop­erly man­age prisoners on a day to day ba­sis,’’ Mr Pike said.

He said the group went through train­ing and re­strain­ing drills, along with riot tac­tics and cor­rect ba­ton use.

He said a per­fect ex­am­ple of where train­ing came in handy was a sit­u­a­tion that oc­curred two weeks ago.

‘‘ Eight prisoners re­fused to go back to their cells and we were able to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol,’’ he said.

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