Multiple ‘quick response’ calls logged at prison

WILMINGTON — No officer injuries were reported and details limited after Quick Response Teams responded to “various incidents” at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on Monday.

Delaware Department of Correction spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said correctional officer staff members are trained in the use of QRTs, and deployments can include “emergency response, staff assault, offender assault, fights, non-compliance with staff, cell extraction, escorts within the facility and training events.

”As such, the use of QRT may range from zero incidents of use to multiple incidents based on operational need.”

Regarding Monday’s deployments, Ms. Gravell said, “We cannot provide details surrounding specific incidents or offenders.”

The QRTs are managed from within the facilities and include staff assigned to the shift, according to the DOC.

Ms. Gravell described QRT members as “Those in a security/sworn position to include correctional officers through wardens.”

Ms. Gravell noted that using a QRT differs from a Correctional Emergency Response Team, which is the DOC tactical response team. No CERT was activated on Monday, she said.

On Wednesday, two officers were reportedly assaulted by an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Last week at JTVCC, correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd Sr. died during a 19-hour takeover by inmates in Building C. That area of the prison remained vacant on Friday, the DOC said.

“Building C is not currently housing inmates,” according to Ms. Gravell.

“The facility has made adjustments to the housing of inmates based on immediate security risks and concerns.”

On Friday, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said there was no update what was “still a very active and ongoing investigation” regarding the fatal takeover.

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