Local training class graduates 28 new Wis. correctional officers

Graduates thought there was an advantage to training at the local facility, since it gave them a chance t train in the actual environment they’ll be working in

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The second local training class the Wisconsin Department of Corrections has used to fill vacancies in its jails has graduated 28 new correctional officers in September.

The Lacrosse Tribune reports that the officers were subjected to a seven-week, 280-hour mandated training program.

The program includes academic examinations and lectures, along with requiring each trainee to successfully qualify with a semiautomatic rifle and pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, participate in incapacitating agent use and exposure and successfully complete the principles of subject control training.

The localized training makes use of institutional resources and local law enforcement.

Graduates thought there was an advantage to training at the local facility, since it gave them a chance t train in the actual environment they’ll be working in.

All of the graduates are certified in CPR, AED and First Aid, have been trained in the use of electronic control devices, emergency situations, fire science, radio communications, key control, mental health issues, suicide prevention, and more.

The new grads reported to their assignments at Jackson, New Lisbon and Stanley correctional facilities on Sept. 14.

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