This program has been developed by the Municipal Police Institute in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40 Section 36C. This law mandates refresher training in Suicide Prevention, for all recently promoted police officers.
This program provides instruction for all prisoner watch personnel to recognize the signs and symptoms of distress and how to provide safe and effective suicide watch over those held in custody. The program addresses the ways in which to make risk assessments and what levels of prisoner observation is required based on these assessments.
In addition, this program addresses the duties of the matron and all prisoner watch personnel as well as the policy and procedures necessary to safely guard the health and wellbeing of those persons held in custody by law enforcement.