Can't remember where I got this, but very good lesson.
Correctional Officers: The Ten Deadly Errors
1. Your attitude: Are you complacent? Are you bored? Just because all in the facility is calm, that does not mean that things won’t change in a moment’s notice? Your attitude can affect the safety of other staff and inmates in the facility.
2. Tombstone Courage: Don’t be a hero. Be safe and strive to retire. No one doubts your courage, but remember inmates can hurt you-get backup-it is common sense.
3. Not Enough Rest: Alertness is a critical factor. Get rest and sufficient sleep.
4. Putting yourself in a bad position: Always think “defensive mode”. Do you walk in front of inmates? Are you aware of where they are? If cut off or con- fronted, do you know an escape route or how to quickly call for help?
5. Failure to Recognize Danger Signs: What concerning inmates is out of place? Is there unusual activity or inactivity? Know your post area, watch the inmates in your area and report and discuss with your supervisor your concerns. Trust your “gut”.
6. Failure to Watch the Hands of Inmates: A potential assault from an inmate starts with the hands. Watch them.
7. Relaxing Too Soon: Never think that an inmate call for assistance is a routine one or a false alarm-be alert! Be ready for anything!
8. Non Usage or Improper Usage of Handcuffs: Know and follow the procedures concerning the proper handcuffing of inmates. Keep the inmate’s hands restrained. Remember your training.
9. Poor Search Techniques or Not Searching: Other correctional staff trusts you with their lives to perform one of the most critical and basic duties of corrections: searching inmates, their living/work areas and their property. Be nosy. Be thorough. Search properly.
10. Dirty or Inoperative Equipment: Does your pep- per spray work? Is your radio operable? How clean is your firearm when you carry it on transports? How old is your ammunition? Do you have trouble qualifying at the range? Do the cameras and intercom work? Does your flashlight work?