Dynamic security is about prison staff developing positive relationships with prisoners. The term ‘dynamic security’ can be described as knowing what is going on in a prison establishment in addition to providing a safe and secure environment. It is based on the idea that a positive relationship between staff and prisoners help security and control, by improving the flow of information from staff to prisoners and prisoners to staff. Security should not be regarded as something separate from daily interaction between staff and prisoners. Therefore, dynamic security requires staff to develop a Professional Working Relationship with prisoners, to build a culture of trust in which they can exchange information.
The four elements of dynamic security are:
• Good relationships between staff and prisoners
• A constructive regime
• A secure environment
• Anything which reduces the inclination or opportunity to escape or abscond