The Inspectorate Sub-unit conducts systematic and quality inspections of correctional facilities to ensure departmental policies are followed, rules and regulations duly complied with, approved procedures and standards consistently maintained, and resources put to good use to enhance efficiency.
The institutional activities inspections conducted by the Inspectorate Sub-unit have been accredited under ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. The adoption of a risk-based approach allows the inspections to focus on the imminent operational risks found in institutions.
Last year, the Inspectorate Sub-unit conducted a total of 4 full inspections, 22 thematic inspections, 18 follow-up inspections, 6 security inspections and 12 surprise visits in various correctional facilities.
The Security Sub-unit makes every effort to stamp out the smuggling of contraband into correctional institutions to ensure a drug-free environment for persons in custody. In 2019, there were 22 cases with seizure of dangerous drugs, and all of these dangerous drugs were intercepted in a timely manner.
Last year, the Security Sub-Unit conducted 168 joint searching operations, 8,388 special searching operations and 130 night raid operations in correctional institutions during which unauthorised articles were seized.
On the training front, the Inspectorate and Security Unit arranged job-related sharing and training sessions for staff, including “Triad Expert Course” organised by the Hong Kong Police Force and courses on “Criminal and civil proceedings” and “Habeas Corpus” organised by professional academics.