Conference Spotlight: Workshop Everyone with a Holding Cell Needs to Attend

If your agency has even one holding cell that is used to detain people, even if only for a few hours at a time, there are detainee safety and agency liability issues that you need to be aware of. The US Department of Justice has recently released standards that apply to all lockups for the prevention, detection, response, and elimination of sexual abuse in confinement. Agencies that have a lockup (even just one holding cell) need to understand what these standards mean for local law enforcement; including potential implications for agency liability. Fortunately, attendees at the IACP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, will have an opportunity to learn more about these standards.

Come hear from subject matter experts at the Local Lockups and Their Liabilities: How to Protect Detainees, Staff, and Yourself workshop in the Smaller Agency Certificate Track on Saturday, September 29 at 2:30pm in room 6F. This education session will explain the standards, highlight available resources for agencies to bolster their protection of detainees and staff, and provide an example of one agency’s experience with implementing the standards. Presenters will be available after the session to answer additional questions one-on-one with participants.

Before attending the workshop, review resources on IACP’s Elimination of Sexual Abuse in Confinement Initiative webpage and complete the PREA Needs Assessment Survey (deadline now extended to October 12, 2012). Contact IACP Program Manager, Dianne Beer-Maxwell with questions.

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