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Safeguarding Correctional Officers and Staff While on the Job

NCJ Number
210671
Journal
Corrections Today Volume: 67 Issue: 4 Dated: July 2005 Pages: 86-87,100
Author(s)
Don Smith
Date Published
July 2005
Length
3 pages
Annotation
This article describes the use of Security Escort, a personal security system instituted by the Westchester County Department of Corrections in New York to protect correctional officers while on duty.
Abstract
After a correctional officer was injured by an inmate in 1995, the Westchester County Department of Corrections in New York was mandated to install a personal security system to protect correctional officers while on duty. After testing various personal security systems, the department determined that Security Escort from Bosch Security Systems was most suited to their facility. Security Escort is a wireless help/call system that tracks and locates people or property throughout the surveillance area. The system responds to signals initiated either automatically or manually by a transmitter worn on the officer’s clothing or attached to a fixed object. The signal relays to the central console and actively tracks the signal. The cost of each individual transmitter is $150. This article describes the Security Escort’s flexibility, as well as its visual image tracking capability, thereby providing a secure working environment for the officers who care and control the inmate population.