Prevention and reaction to serious crisis in penitentiary centers

Funded by European Union

Project Leica - Prevention and reaction to serious crisis in penitentiary centers

01. 06. 2023

Prevention and reaction to serious crisis in penitentiary centers

20 senior officers of the Kyrgyz Service of Implementation of Sentences (SIN) under the Ministry of Justice, participated in a three-day seminar organized by the EU-funded project LEICA in the region of Issyk-Kul. The seminar focused on the prevention and management of various serious threats to prison establishments: escape attempts, disorders/riots, hostages, arson, contagious disease, and even power outages.
The seminar was conducted by two prison experts of the Czech Republic. They shared with their Kyrgyz colleagues practical and operational details to face those threats and illustrated with video material past real experiences in their service. Quick and effective reaction based in previous training make a difference and may be decisive for successful solution of serious crisis in prisons. 
The many questions asked by the participants took the discussions to many other aspects related to prison officers’ duties, and to the organization and regulations for the functioning of penitentiary centres. Participants and trainers realized the many issues that both prison systems had in common in the functioning of everyday life. 
LEICA Director in his opening remarks underlined the importance of a continuous training to solve unexpected situations: “the enhancement of officers’ communication skills, the use of principles, methods of de-escalation, and strategies to intervene in a crisis are key to maintaining the security and protect people’s life”.  
The European Union funded project LEICA is managed by the EU Commission, through a consortium made up by French CIVIPOL and Slovak ISEMI, with the support of Interpol.