|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101 - Volume IX: UNDAMMING THE ICE", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Look at this sweet roll. Sweet! Definitely, it is sweet! And it is a bakery item that is not only tasty, but also huge. Is it the largest sweet roll on the planet? Perhaps not. But local business produces thousands of these tasty treats (meals, really) each year. The unusually large size draws the attention and the taste brings customers back.
This is an icebreaker that addresses communication and introduces the concept of contraband control.
Part one – How big is it?
Have you ever heard of the file baked into a cake story? In old movies, a prisoner’s loved one or devotee smuggles in a file to a lock up inside a cake. Staff let it through with no questions asked and the prisoner uses the file to escape.
Certainly, this is an outdated notion. We have metal detectors and do not permit visitors to bring baked good when visiting offenders. But, we suppose the ridiculous in order to walk around the idea of contraband control.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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