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NCJ Number: 127277 Find in a Library
Title: Hands-On Jail Training Puts Officers Above Par
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:52  Issue:7  Dated:(December 1990)  Pages:72-75
Author(s): F Clark
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As the demands of modern corrections become more complex, training programs for officers preparing to work in jail environments need to be improved. Despite the adoption in most States of basic jail training standards, the emphasis for jail training needs to be shifted from classroom instruction to more hands-on, practical training activities in jail operation skills.
Abstract: The best jail training programs are generally developed in large systems which have adequate resources to establish full-service academies. Two programs, in Georgia and Kansas, also demonstrate the components of effective jail training programs. The program run in DeKalb County, Georgia, includes classroom coursework, standardized on-the-job training, and a comprehensive course during each officer's 6-month probationary period. The program requires managerial commitment and demonstrates an understanding of the long-range value of effective training. In Barton County and Pawnee County, Kansas, the jail training course provides 60 hours of instruction conducted in the jails, where participants can associate learning experiences with actual operational situations. Future trends include an increased emphasis on transition training to familiarize officers with new institutions, expanded interpersonal communications training, specialized training for jail emergency response, and televised instruction.
Main Term(s): In-service Training; Jail staff training
Index Term(s): Georgia (USA); Kansas; Professional in-service education
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