Agassiz, British Columbia : The lock down put in place at Mission Institution on November 23, 2015 has ended and an exceptional search has been completed. The institution has resumed its normal operations. Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is strengthening measures to prevent the entry of contraband into its institutions in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for persons in the campus. CSC is also working in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to have contraband brought into correctional institutions. Visits to the institution have resumed.
On May 18, 2015, a lock down was put in place in the medium security unit at Mission Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search. The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Normal operations were expected to resume after investigative correctives could be put in place. Visits had been suspended until the search was completed.
Contraband, including morphine, was seized at the medium security unit at Mission Institution in February this year. The total estimated institutional value of the seizure was $6,305. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors. However,the failure compelled CSC to take correctives, for which it set up a telephone tip line for all federal institutions to receive additional information about activities relating to security at institutions. These activities related to drug use or trafficking helped to keep a check on safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members, and further reached to a stage now when the institution could be resumed and normalcy reinstated.