The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office graduated nineteen (19) new confinement officers from the Jail Officers Course this past Friday, January 16, 2015. Officers from Vanderburgh, Gibson, Warrick, Perry, Dubois and Daviess counties attended.
In 2006, the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board approved the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office as a regional training site for this forty (40) hour course, which is required of all newly hired jail officers during their first year. The new officers were instructed in subjects such as: ethics, standards of conduct, report writing, jail operations, physical security, searches, evidence gathering, sexual misconduct, response to physical resistance, blood borne pathogens, first aid, cultural awareness, suicide prevention, mental illness and legal issues.
The regional officers returned to their respective agencies this week in order to continue additional facility specific training. Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confinement officers will spend the next two weeks attending additional classroom and practical training, which will include topics such as: housing unit supervision, gang identification, defensive and physical tactics, record keeping and practical scenarios.
Upon completion of the classroom training, each new Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confinement officer will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for an additional seven (7) weeks before being permitted to work alone.
Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “I can’t thank my staff enough for putting together a top notch training program. New confinement officers who come through this program will be well equipped to face the challenges of operating in a jail environment.”
At any given time the Sheriff’s Office houses over 500 inmates and nearly 100 work release participants within the confines of a 156,722 square foot facility. As an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy accredited provider, the Sheriff’s Office accepts applications from outside agencies to attend the Confinement Officer Training School at our facility.
Pictured above: Jail Officers Course Class #2015-60