The heads of penitentiary institutions in Niger integrate the concept of "dynamic security"

The struggle against violent extremist groups in Mali and Nigeria resulted in the arrest of several members accused or suspected of being affiliated with these groups, currently held in prisons in Niger. Establishing good relations between prison staff and inmates contributes to increasing safety and security in prisons. The measures taken to ensure the external security (preventing evasions) and internal security (preventing unrest) refer to the principles of "dynamic security" promoted by UNODC.

To address these challenges, UNODC organized a workshop on dynamic security in prisons. The workshop was held from 5 to 7 April 2016 in Niamey, Niger. Prison managers, security staff, chiefs and supervisors reinforced their capacities as a result of this event, which allowed for extensive interaction with UNODC experts. Supported by the European Development Fund of the European Union Commission, the training was held by the Ministry of Justice of Niger through its "Support Program for Justice and the Rule of Law" (PAJED II). The French Penitentiary Administration facilitated the participation of Mr. Linares as an experienced trainer.

According to Ms Adamou Bibata Boubacar, Director General of the Prison Security and Reintegration Administration, who chaired the opening ceremony of the workshop, the presence of inmates from violent extremist groups is a concern for prisons' authorities.

The training aimed to raise awareness of the different aspects of dynamic security and its application in prisons. Based on the Handbook on Dynamic Security and Prison Intelligence, developed by UNODC, it was intended to improve prison management and to strengthen the prevention of violent extremism.

This training on dynamic security will enable participants to enhance the relationships between prisons staff and prisoners, and will facilitate the assessment and classification of prisoners to introduce management practices adapted to the needs and risks of each detainee.

UNODC supports States in improving detention conditions including through the implementation of safety and security policies in prisons and social reintegration of prisoners in conformity with the relevant international norms and standards, in particular the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules).