Ten members of the Sierra Leone Prison Service were awarded certificates on Monday after completing training in “Control and Restraint Techniques”.
The Registrar of the Court, Herman Von Hebel in his statement, said the skills learned by these men increase the professionalism in the country’s national authority after the graduate would have returned to the prisons service.
The Registrar maintained that, “part of legacy of the Special Court will be the strengthening of Sierra Leone’s justice institutions and this special training is a significant step in that process.”
The ten graduates were chosen from 55 prison officers seconded to the Special Court who underwent a four-month course aimed at teaching prison officers how to use a minimum amount of force in dealing with uncooperative or violent detainees.
Raymond Cardinal, the Special Court’s Chief of Detention, noted that most times, the presence of a uniformed officer was sufficient to deal with most situations.
Stressing that, “other times, a prison officer may be called upon to use a minimal amount of force to prevent injury to both the staff member and the detainee.
“The action is done in a professional manner using both verbal and physical contact,” Mr. Cardinal said. “The force used is just enough to meet the threat and control the incident. At all times, the use of minimum force must be justified and within the rules of detention and the rule of law,” he added