CCA's operational practices lead us to be able to handle critical situations that go beyond the normal call of correctional duty. Ready to respond at a moment's notice, our correctional profesionals provide safety and security at the highest level. We have a philosophy focused on emergency preparedness response protocols, to include special response teams and disciplined training.
Some of these important security practices include:
Emergency Response and Special Operations Response Teams
Emergency Response involves teams who serve as first responders to a variety of incidents. For more specialized response, Special Operations Response Teams (SORT) at each facility address critical, high-risk situations, natural disasters, search and rescue operations. These areas may also include fire, hazardous material/chemical spill, bomb threat, escape, hostage takeover, medical emergency and evacuations. They undergo boot camp-style training that features firearms competence, non-lethal techniques, entry tactics and intense physical conditioning.
An important part of corrections practices includes identifying inmate behaviors and organized activities that could threaten daily safety. By having trained corrections professionals who are always proactively seeking to learn information about inmate activities that might violate instituion policies, we are then able to reduce risks. Our philosophy is to be active in identifying issues, whenever possible, before they occur. For example, many CCA facilities have trained K-9 units that include a dog handler and trained dog who detect for illegal substances in the building, vehicles and on people. Another example are the trained gang-intelligence professionals. We have Security Threat Group team members who identify, monitor and track gang members and gang-related activity at CCA facilities, recognizing the subtle and covert signs, activities, mannerisms and language imperceptible to the untrained eye. This intelligence and surveillance are key to proactively preventing incidents.