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What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?

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    What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand what to do when you see an officer engaged in a physical altercation. Answer this according to the way that you have been trained. Refer to your training manual, and corporate policies, and recite those if possible.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "According to my current employment policy, in the event of a physical altercation between an inmate and another officer, I am trained to call code black, ensure all inmates are out of harm's way and then assist."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you are new to the industry, you should refer to your instinct. It's okay to ask the interviewer what they would prefer that you do if you genuinely do not know.

      For example: "I have never been in a situation like this; however, I feel that the best thing to do would be to call for assistance and attempt to hold the inmate back. What would you suggest in a situation like this?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "According to my training, when I observe that an inmate is engaged in a physical altercation with an officer, I'm supposed to [actions and procedures] to ensure [an outcome, e.g., the inmate is under control] while maintaining [conditions, e.g., officer and inmate safety]."

      Anonymous Answer

      "If my coworker got into a fight, I would immediately call for back up and order all inmates to get down on the floor."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a pretty good, basic response. If you have further training, feel free to get into more detail.

      "If a fellow officer became involved in a physical altercation with an inmate, I would immediately call for backup. Then, I would order all inmates to get down on the floor. Next, I would assist my coworker in restraining the assaulting inmate."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The first thing is to call for backup advice of the situation that you have and then go help your co-workers to restrain the inmate and avoid further aggression against my co-worker and safeguard the life of the inmate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems you have a solid understanding of what you would do. Good answer.

      "The first step is to call for backup and advise of the situation. Then, I would go help my coworkers to restrain the inmate, avoiding further aggression. I would also take steps to safeguard the life of the inmate."

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