The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office graduated nineteen (19), new confinement officers, from the Indiana Law Enforcement Basic Jail Officers Course today. Officers from Vanderburgh, Pike, Warrick, Tippecanoe, Posey, Martin and Bartholomew counties completed the Basic Jail Officer’s Course.
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, tactical communication, report writing, jail operations, physical security, searches, evidence gathering, booking and admissions, bloodborne pathogens, cultural awareness, suicide prevention, mental illness, and legal issues.
The regional officers will return to their respective agencies next 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, the new confinement officers will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for an additional ten (10) weeks before being permitted to work alone.
At any given time the Sheriff’s Office houses over 675 inmates within the confines of a 146,500 square foot facility. As an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy accredited provider, the Sheriff’s Office accepts applications from outside agencies to attend the Basic Jail Officers Course at our facility.