Life behind bars on show
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.