The Home Office command suite structure for the management of serious incidents is based on the model operated by the Prison Service. Silver Command Suites are opened in the establishment where the incident occurred.
A Gold Command Suite is opened in Prison Service headquarters for incidents where the Home Office requests mutual assistance from the Prison Service and is attended by a Home Office senior manager.
Any other serious incident, which does not require mutual assistance but requires ongoing management, is dealt with by opening a Gold Command Suite at Detention Operations headquarters.
The number of times Silver Suites have been opened in the past year in immigration removal centres is detailed in the following table for January 2013 to March 2014 and is provided in line with the data periods for published statistics.
|Silver Suites opened in IRCs for January 2013 to March 2014|
|IRC||Number of incidents||Date||Incident|
|Morton Hall||1||7 April 2013||Concerted indiscipline|
|Haslar||1||22 July 2013||Barricade|
|Dungavel||1||10 March 2013||Escape|
|Campsfield House||2||20 August 2013||Incident at height|
|18 October 2013||Fire|
|Dover||2||18 October 2013||Incident at height|
|9 August 2013||Barricade|
|Brook House||2||15 May 2013||Tool loss|
|9 September 2013||External protest|
|Yarl’s Wood||2||5 March 2014||Bomb threat|
|30 March 2014||Death in detention|
|Harmondsworth||6||30 April 2012||Concerted indiscipline, passive.|
|1 January 2013||External protest|
|18 July 2013||Concerted indiscipline, passive|
|6 August 2013||Concerted indiscipline, passive|
|22 November 2013||External protest|
|29 November 2013||External protest|