M.04.02 Use of restraints for escorts / transfers

The purpose of this section is to manage the transportation of prisoners so they do not suffer unnecessary discomfort and are safely, humanely and securely moved, escorted or transferred while minimising risk to prisoners, staff and the general public.

M.04.02.01 Use of mechanical restraints

  1. If mechanical restraints are required, the instructions must state:
    1. the type of restraints to be used
    2. when and where the restraints must be applied
    3. any situation where restraints may be removed.
  2. Prisoners travelling in a single-cell vehicle and with a security classification of:
    1. minimum or low are not to be placed in any mechanical restraint
    2. low-medium, high or maximum must be handcuffed throughout the entire escort unless the instructions state otherwise.
  3. The use of restraints during temporary removals is determined by:
    1. IOMS risk assessment, and
    2. the type of vehicle being used to transport (see M.04.02.Res.02 Waist restraints).
  4. Waist restraints in conjunction with handcuffs may be used for any escort (or part of an escort) if the risk assessment deems that degree of restraint necessary.