The Corrections Department will seek the help of the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) to draw up a new plan to handle riots and hostage situations in prisons, department chief Suchart Wong-anantchai said.
His deputy, Korbkiat Kasiwiwat, will draw up the riot control operation plan with help from the RTPO.
The move came after the weekend hostage drama at Khao Bin prison in Ratchaburi which left one prison warder and two inmates dead.
The warder was killed after being taken hostage at knifepoint by three inmates on Sunday.
The department chief said he has ordered a panel to probe the incident.
Pol Col Suchart said the plan will enable officials to perform anti-riot procedures in a systematic manner with a clear delegation of responsibilities.
When completed, the anti-riot plan will be adopted by Khao Bin prison and eight other maximum security prisons as well as 143 prisons across the country.
The department has its own guidelines on riot control in place but a clearer and more practical operation plan was still needed especially in the event of hostage stand-offs, Pol Col Suchart said.
Clearer measures are required especially in handling critical situations such as when a prison warder is taken hostage, he said.
The role of police in handling riots in prisons would be included in the new riot control plan where necessary, Mr Korbkiat said. The prison chief would still be the commander of a riot control operation taking place at the prison while the police would serve as so-called "special warders".
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