Correctional Academy Course Description
The Correctional Officer Academy is six (6) weeks in duration and consists of twenty-eight (28) separate courses listed in alphabetical order below.
COMMUNITY SAFETY THROUGH OFFENDER RE-ENTRY
This course provides an overview and agency’s philosophy of the re-entry process and how every staff member can impact an offender’s successful re-entry.
CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS (ACA 4-4084 # 8, 9, 11)
This course is designed to provide correctional officer cadets with basic knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively with others. "Clear communication" and the importance of understanding and identifying other individual’s obvious and underlying concerns are a critical skill.
DEFENSIVE TACTICS and SELF-DEFENSE (ACA 4-4090)
A combination of the Federal Bureau of Prisons self-defense and the Oklahoma Counsel on Law Enforcement Education and Training's defensive tactics models are taught. This course is designed to provide the cadet with knowledge and skills needed to better prepare for potentially dangerous situations and possible physical assault.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROCEDURES I - V (ACA 4-4084 # 1, 2, 7 and 4-4389 # 6 and 4-4220)
Lectures are presented and new skills are demonstrated during practicums for specific security issues using simulated offender cells.
||Profiles of today’s offenders, staff/offender relations, stages of a set-up, offender “games”, professionalism, effective monitoring of offender movement.
||Radio communications, facility emergencies, critical situations, and natural disasters.
||Post orders, offender movement, offender counts, key and tool control.
||Searches (body and area), controlling contraband, maintaining physical evidence, crime scene preservation, radiation safety.
||Restrictive housing procedures, offender property issues, transportation of offenders, safe operation of state vehicles.
FIREARMS TRAINING SIMULATOR (FATS III) (ACA 4-4091)
Judgmental shooting and critical thinking under stressful situations are simulated through computerized graphics. This training allows a shooter to see and hear life-size action scenarios and provides the opportunity to make split-second decisions concerning shoot / don't shoot situations.
NOTE: Firearms qualifications, weapons safety, and maintenance are taught at the officer’s work location.
FIRST AID and CARDIO PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) (ACA 4-4389 #2, 3, 4, 4-4084)
Instruction includes the American Health and Safety professional course in CPR and First Aid. These courses teach the proper steps to respond to a variety of emergency situations and provide the most effective first aid. Instructional methods include audio/visual modules, student workbook, and skills practice.
MANAGING SPECIAL NEEDS OFFENDERS (ACA 4-4389)
This course is designed to inform correctional officer cadets about “special needs” offenders within the agency and the department’s efforts to address those needs. Information for recognizing and managing offenders who are mentally ill, experiencing acute chemical intoxication or withdrawal symptoms are also included.
OFFENDER DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES (ACA 4-4229)
The focus of this course is to provide the correctional officer cadet with an understanding of the agency’s offender disciplinary process, from initiating an offense report through the appeal process. A practicum provides the opportunity to actually write misconduct reports and conduct disciplinary hearings utilizing offense scenarios.
OFFENDER RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (ACA 4-4084 #6)
This course outlines the rights equally available to all offenders, the offender responsibilities that are equally applicable and enforced, and that no offender under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will be subject to discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, gender, political belief, or disability.
ORIENTATION TO THE ACADEMY
The primary focus of this program is to familiarize the correctional officer cadet with the Oklahoma Correctional Training Academy.
Throughout the four week curriculum, correctional officer cadets are required to spend a minimum of eight (8) structured hours in activity that requires physical exertion (i.e. walking/running, aerobics, stretching exercises, etc.) prior to participation in self-defense training. Physical and emotional wellness is emphasized and additional time is provided for individual and group activities.
PREVENTING SEXUAL ASSAULT (ACA 4-4084 # 12 and 4-4084-1 # 3)
This course presents the possibility of being sexually assaulted by offenders and outlines protective measures to avoid becoming a victim. The deviant cycle of assaultive offenders, methods used by offenders to target victims, professional boundaries, and common offender games are explained.
PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Identification of federal and state laws, “sexual harassment” defined, liability, moral and prevention methods are presented.
PREVENTING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
This course describes the established guidelines for preventing and responding to incidents of work place violence providing employees a safe work environment, free from violence and the threat of violence.
PUBLIC IMAGE (ACA 4-4084 # 10, 13 and 4-4084-1 # 1)
The daily display of professionalism, strong law abiding ethics, and following the rules of conduct are discussed as methods of positive image building.
REPORT WRITING (OP-050109, ACA 4-4183)
Instruction of the basic rules of writing an effective report is presented. Common errors are discussed, guidelines of proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and clear sentence structure are provided. Several action scenarios occur during the class, creating opportunities for cadets to practice their report writing skills. Individual feedback on report writing skills is provided after each scenario.
RIOT PREVENTION and CONTROL
This course is designed to alert cadets to the signs and signals that prison violence may occur and what daily preventive measures are available. Topics of discussion include: how administrative procedures, institutional factors and outside influences can contribute to prison tension; how staff can measure prison tension; what role enforced security procedures play; and methods for controlling riots and disturbances once they occur.
SUICIDE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (ACA 4-4084 # 4 and 4-4389 # 7 and 4-4373)
The most common characteristics, times, place and methods of prison suicide and attempted suicide is included in this course. Intervention and prevention strategies are discussed.
USE OF FORCE (ACA 4-4084 # 5 and 4-4084-1 # 4 and 4-4206)
This block of training identifies and defines the levels of use of force. A copy of the current Operations Memorandum covering this information is provided and examined.
USE OF RESTRAINTS (ACA 4-4190)
This course offers a practical hands-on experience to reinforce classroom training in the proper use of handcuffs, leg irons, belly chains, and other methods of physical restraint.
WORKING SUCCESSFULLY WITH FEMALE OFFENDERS (ACA 4-4084 # 3)
This course provides correctional officer cadets with the history of female offenders, the changes made in their treatment, and conditions of confinement. Common characteristics shared by female offenders, reasons for the increase in female offender incarceration, gender differences in conflict management situations, and strategies cadets can use to successfully manage female offenders are discussed.