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 WV Corrections applauds successful Mock Prison Riot

5/10/2017

May 10, 2017

W.Va. Corrections applauds successful Mock Prison Riot

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia again served as a global showcase for the latest correctional tactics, techniques and technology with the 21st Annual Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville.

 The former West Virginia Penitentiary hosts the four-day program, which last week drew nearly 1,100 participants from 28 states and 25 countries. The non-profit W.Va. Corrections Training Foundation organizes the annual event in conjunction with the state Division of Corrections.

 “The Division of Corrections has really become a global leader in corrections as a result of its partnership with the Mock Prison Riot,” said Acting Corrections Commissioner Loita Butcher, who helped oversee the April 30 – May 3 program. “For decades now, the Division of Corrections has been contributing to the advancement of public safety tactics and technologies through the Mock Prison Riot.”

 The only event of its kind in the world, the Mock Prison Riot allows the corrections profession to learn and share the latest best practices. Program highlights include training sessions, a highly regarded tactical skills competition, and a technology trade show that featured 55 vendors.

 “One of the unique aspects of the Mock Prison Riot is that agencies that are considering the procurement of a technology can do a hands-on evaluation within the real-world context of the former maximum security prison,” Butcher said.

 Of the countries that participated, 23 were sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The INL helps these countries develop fair and just police, court, and corrections systems to counter international instability, drug trafficking and other crimes – all to keep Americans safe at home.

 The Michigan Department of Corrections took first place in the 2017 Mock Prison Riot Tactical Skills Team Competition. Orange County, Fla., Corrections and the Kentucky Department of Corrections came in at second and third place, respectively. Marius Seek of the Senegal Prison Service is the Individual Tactical Skills Competition champion.

 Drawing from its role in developing the Mock Prison Riot program, the W.Va. Division of Corrections is coordinating with the American Correctional Association and the National Tactical Officers Association to develop national accreditation standards for Corrections Emergency Response Teams.

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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov