Recommendations from Report into inadequate use of force reporting at Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison in May 2017 tabled on 27 June 2018.
The Commission recommends DoJ, superintendents and the senior management teams at prisons:
- Conduct mandatory training for prison officers in relation to independent, accurate and factual reporting of use of force incidents that includes:
• the use which can be made of a prison officer's reports in legal, administrative, disciplinary and prison offence proceedings;
• the consequences of colluding, making false or inaccurate statements or omitting material matters; and
• the interrelation between reporting on use of force incidents and an officer's duties and oath under the Prisons Act.
- Take action against prison officers who make inaccurate statements or material omissions from IDRs, or who do not submit an IDR when required to do so. Maintain a register of the action taken.
- Update, monitor and audit systems (including TOMS), processes and physical spaces to reduce the opportunity for prison officers to collude about their IDRs or otherwise view or copy the IDRs of others.
- Take action against prison officers who use force against prisoners in circumstances where they have not completed a DoJ approved training programme or have not discharged mandatory requirements to refresh their annual training.