2021 Correctional Officer In-Service Training

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August 17th-19th, 2021                                             Jefferson County Fairgrounds Cambridge Learning Center

                                                                                        2606 W. Burlington Avenue Fairfield, IA 52556

September    21st – 23rd, 2021                               Greater Burlington Partnership River Place Park,

                                                                                        610 N. 4th Street Burlington, IA 52601 (Winegard Board Rm)

October 12th – 14th, 2021                                      Southern Iowa Mental Health Center

                                                                                       1527 Albia Road  Ottumwa, IA 52501

November 2nd – 4th, 2021                                     Albia Baptist Temple

                                                                                       624 A Avenue W. Albia, IA 52531

November 30th – December 2nd, 2021            Mt. Pleasant Civic Center

                                                                                      307 E Monroe  Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641


Who Should Attend:              

Employees who have completed the 40 Hour Basic Jailer Training are required to complete 20 hours of in-service training annually. These sessions will provide the 20 hours required.


There is no charge for this training program. Meals, lodging, mileage and other expenses are the responsibility of attendees or their agency.


Class Size:                             

A minimum of 15 participants is desired or the session may be dropped. The maximum number of participants will be 35 - 50 depending on the classroom size.



Pre-registration is required. .


Course Title: Motivational Interviewing
Instructor: Todd Roberts

This eight-hour block of instruction shows how motivational interviewing (MI) can help offenders move beyond resistance or superficial compliance and achieve meaningful behavior change. Using this evidence-based approach promotes successful rehabilitation and reentry by drawing on clients' values, goals, and strengths--not simply telling them what to do. This course clearly describes the core techniques of MI and bring them to life with examples and sample dialogues from a range of criminal justice and forensic settings. Of crucial importance, this course of instruction addresses MI implementation in real-world offender service systems, including practical strategies for overcoming obstacles.

Course Title: Implicit Bias, De-Escalation
Instructor: Carrie Folkerts, Tim King

Topics covered will address all aspects outlined in the Iowa Code. Civil rights movement and how it impacted policing, the current state of law enforcement & community relations, diversity in law enforcement and fostering mutual respect for/within diverse communities, the psychology of bias and its real-world impact, examine the relationship between the unconscious & implicit bias, bias awareness for successful interactions – protocols that cause biased law enforcement actions and how to prevent it, illicit racial bias and decision making, complete communication: The most important skill we possess. De-escalation will provide information to accurately assess potentially violent confrontations and when feasible, defuse them with easy-to-grasp, successfully applied tactics to avoid use-of force crises.

Course Title: Presenting Jail Suicide: Adjusting Current Strategies to Save Lives; Issues We Don’t Talk About, But Should Webinar
Presenters: Dr. Lisa Boesky, Psychologist and Jail Suicide Expert

Risk factors for suicide and specific strategies that jails may implement to avoid suicide deaths and related lawsuits. It also discusses the debate on the use of suicide smocks, the practice of making inmates sign No-Suicide Contracts, inmates’ knowledge of another inmate’s likelihood for suicide, fostering a culture that encourages inmates to speak up in such instances, and the importance of listening to inmates.

Course Title: Bloodborne Pathogens for Corrections

This vital program helps correctional staff keep dangerous bloodborne diseases locked away. It explains bloodborne diseases, transmission, and exposure control plan.

Course Title: Defensive Tactics Instructor: Joe Hambleton

This is a class that focuses on tactics and strategies to prepare agencies in conducting “Force Cell Moves,” by using 3 and 5 person teams in addition to the equipment and force options. At the end of this block of instruction, the student will be able to; properly demonstrate defensive tactics, to include defensive counterstrikes and blocking techniques, demonstrate various takedowns and methods of assailant control, demonstrate proper weapon retention techniques and tactical handcuffing.