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What do the police do when a prisoner escapes from prison?

Hi! I'm Ms. Lambert at the International Community School. My 4th graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks in advance!

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John’s Answer

I was a police officer and what a police offer would do is call all other departments which would include the Sheriff's Department, State Highway Patrol, and other police departments to assist in searching for that prisoner as the people in your town as well as that prisoner are scared so the sooner the prisoner is caught the better everyone will feel even the prisoner.
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Michelle’s Answer

Good morning Ms. Lambert and 4th graders,

Awesome question Student Q! The Correctional Officers or Detention Officers stop all inmate movement and do a head count of all inmates in the facility when a prisoner breaks out. All local and state law enforcement is notified of the incident and a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) is broadcasted over the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) radios for all to get a description of the prisoner. Schools get locked down in that area, so no children are at risk. An alert goes out to the citizens of the area, to advise to remain in doors and be aware of the prisoner, as that person may be armed and dangerous.

When a prisoner escapes...this becomes the primary mission of the police and Sheriff's Deputies to look for and recapture that person. They still handle other calls and continue to help the community, but there will be off duty officers, correctional officers, detention officers, persons in the academies for police and Sheriff's Offices looking for this person. Even the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other federal LEOs will come to assist. So a lot of people will be looking for the escaped prisoner. Usually they are recaptured within a few days.

I hope this answers your question. Have a great day.
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Harold’s Answer

The prison officials notify all law enforcement agencies and a BOLO is sent out for the escaped prisoner. Now, if the escapee is very dangerous more emphasis will be placed on finding and capturing the escaped prisoner.
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Kimberly’s Answer

Good question. If a prisoner were to escape their facility, the first thing that would happen would be to lock down the facility and have all prisoners return to their cells. This enables officers to do a head count and make sure no one else is missing. While this is happening, they would notify local police to alert their citizens and have them remain inside if they believe the escaped prisoner is a threat. They would also contact the State Police for assistance in locating the individual and based on the level of threat the escapee poses, possibly the US Marshals.
Once notifications are made (this happens very quickly), officers would begin questioning other inmates for information that might lead to the location of the escaped prisoner. They might also contact family members or victims of the prisoner to obtain information or inform them of what has happened.
There are several resources available when these things happens. For example; K9 (dogs) may be used to find (sniff out) the escapee or helicopters may be utilized to fly overhead & search for the individual.
It is important to know, however, that prison escapes are rare and are usually rectified very quickly.
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