Kamloops jail ordered to flag inmates with a history of violence: WorkSafe B.C.

The Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

KAMLOOPS - WorkSafe B.C. ordered administrators at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre to flag or identify violent offenders after an inspector discovered there wasn't a proper system in place to warn corrections officers of a potential assault.

Inspector Vincent Strain prepared his report and order to create a new flagging system after an inmate assaulted an officer at the correctional centre June 22. The officer sustained multiple blows and bites to the shoulder, arm and wrist.

Strain acknowledged that an inmate’s history, including his conviction and past incidents are available to all officers via electronic client or ‘c-logs'. But the inspector pointed out that past incidents wouldn’t pop up unless the officer searched past entries within the log.

"Although the employer has several ways of communicating and documenting information, including previous history of violence, I find that there is not an effective means of flagging individuals with a documented history of violence,” the report states, adding the onus is on officers to review client logs. "There is an abundance of information, but the sheer volume of information recorded makes it impracticable to determine if an elevated risk has been previously identified."

WorkSafe B.C. ordered the jail to develop the system and prepare a notice of compliance report on July 20. As of today, July 28, the order is still outstanding.

A spokesperson for B.C. Corrections was not immediately available for comment. 

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