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National Guard deployed to state prisons

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Units of the Indiana Army and Air National Guards have been deployed to Department of Correction (DOC) facilities to assist with exterior security operations, as correctional officers across the state are sickened by COVID-19, DOC announced on Thursday.

“This allowed for the reassignment of regular DOC staff to duties inside correctional facilities,” DOC said.

To prepare Guard units for their deployments, the DOC Training Division conducted two-day training sessions at Purdue Northwest University’s Westville campus, as well as at the Correctional Training Institute at New Castle.

“All aspects of the training were designed to provide operational awareness during temporary assignments at select DOC correctional facilities,” DOC said. “Some points of training included defensive tactics, search practices, radio etiquette, use of restraints, recognizing criminal manipulation, and basic security principles. Once trained, the soldiers and airmen were able to assist with exterior perimenter safety patrols and other administrative duties.”

Guard units have been deployed at the Westville and Pendleton DOC facilities in support of exterior security operations and at the Plainfield facility, where they are filling commissary orders.

“This joint agency cooperation helps ensure the safety and security of all of our staff and offenders,” DOC Deputy Commissioner of Operations Jim Basinger said. “The Indiana Army and Air National Guard have been an incredible ally during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate their service to the Indiana Department of Correction, the State of Indiana, and their country.”


Posted 5/15/2020




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