Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services

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TITLE: Emergency Alert Code

POLICY

District employees shall respond to dangerous or potentially dangerous situations and medical emergency situations which arise in a District office or facility.

DEFINITIONS

Code Orange — A potentially dangerous situation is classified as a Code Orange and includes incidents where an offender has engaged in a physical altercation with an employee, or visitor or another offender or this altercation appears imminent.

Code Blue — A medical emergency situation is classified as a Code Blue and includes any medical situation that may endanger the life of a District employee, offender or visitor.

PROCEDURES

  1. Code Orange
    1. The work unit or area of the building that is affected by this dangerous situation shall announce a "code orange". When calling a "code orange" the specific work unit or area of the building that is affected shall be noted during the announcement. This announcement shall be made by using a two way radio if available or by using any land phone and making the announcement into the handset. This will announce over all land phones through out the building.
    2. In a residential facility all offenders will be instructed to return to their rooms at once. In other District offices offenders will be instructed to clear the area and if necessary and feasible will be asked to leave the building.
    3. All available District employees shall respond in an expeditious manner to the work unit that is experiencing the disturbance. In a residential facility one (1) Residential Officer who will remain at each of the non-effected work units.
    4. If a "code orange" is announced during residential facility visitation but is not affecting the visitation area then the doors around the visitation area shall be closed. If a "code orange" is called for the visitation area then all visitors will be escorted to an area which is clear of the incident.
    5. When responding to this type of situation within the facility the objective of Residential Officers is to support other staff involved in the incident and maintain the safety of the facility.
    6. District employees shall use verbal de-escalation skills and use of force only consistent with departmental policy.
    7. District employees shall utilize outside law enforcement assistance (i.e. sheriff office , police department or Warrant Team) for situations that require such.
  2. Code Blue
    1. The work unit or area of the building that is affected by a medical emergency situation shall announce a "code blue". When calling a "code blue" the specific work unit or area of the building that is affected shall be noted during the announcement. This announcement shall be made by using a two way radio if available or by using any facility land phone and making the announcement into the handset. This will announce over all land phones through out the building.
    2. All available District employees in the effected area shall respond in an expeditious manner to the work unit that is experiencing the "code blue". In a residential facility one (1) Residential Officer who will remain at each of the non-effected work units
    3. The Medical Emergency Response bag and AED shall be taken to the effected work unit/area.
    4. District Employees shall utilize 911 as needed to summon emergency medical personnel.
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