CIRA – Critical Incidents Readiness Assessment (Group and Tutored)

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Evaluating risks and security emergencies in prisons with a risk assessment tool.

Estimated duration: 5h per week, for 3 weeks.

This course requires a pre-registration.
It refers to the management of expert tutoring and group activities.


This course aims to provide essential knowledge about the usage of CIRA, “Critical Incidents Readiness Assessment”. CIRA is an organisational risk assessment tool to raise awareness about risks in a prison service. It helps prison governors and prison system administrators to reflect and assess the prison service readiness to contend with significant security emergencies.

Who should attend?
• Prison administration professionals
• Prison governors
• Heads of security
• Prison service trainers and change facilitators

Training modality
• Live online sessions with a trainer

• Working in a prison service;
• A minimum of 10 participants is required to start this course. We will make sure the groups are formed accordingly once the 10 enrolled trainees are reached.

• Certificate of completion

Course duration
Total: 15h
• Self-study: 3h
• Live online sessions with a trainer: 12h

Course brochure

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Who you’ll learn from

Pedro das Neves
Chief Executive Officer @IPS
Pedro das Neves is CEO of IPS Innovative Prison Systems and ICJS Innovative Criminal Justice Systems Inc., Board Director of ICPA and the BSAFE Law Enforcement – Justice and Public Safety Lab, founder and editor of JUSTICE TRENDS magazine. Pedro holds a Sociology degree and an M.A. and is one of the authors of the RRAP Radicalization Risk Assessment in Prisons toolset.


Pedro Liberado
Chief Research Officer @IPS
Pedro Liberado is Chief Research Officer at IPS Innovative Prison Systems and coordinator of the Radicalisation, Extremism and Organized Crime portfolio. Pedro holds a Sociology degree and MSc in Criminology. He is doing postgraduate studies in Strategic and Security Studies and is a PhD candidate at the University of Granada.


Vítor Costa
Researcher @UBI
Vítor Costa holds a PhD in Psychology and is a professor at the University of Beira Interior and researcher at the BSAFE Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Lab. Vítor is one of the authors of the RRAP Radicalisation Risk Assessment in Prisons toolset.


The content of this course has been developed and piloted in Belgium, Norway, Portugal, Romania, The Nederlands and Turkey, under the R2PRIS project, co-funded by the European Commission under the ERASMUS + programme – KA2 – Strategic partnerships for adult education. The course content is of free access (except any modules with access restricted due to certification requirements. The price associated with this course refers to expert tutoring and learning management system fees.