Officer Survival for Correctional and Detention Officers

Officer Survival for Correctional and Detention Officers
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-01-23
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Officer Survival for Correctional and Detention Officers
Unit 2 Workbook: Officer Survival for Correctional and Detention Officers
Unit 3 Recording: Officer Survival for Correctional and Detention Officers

We are exposed to violent incidents that happen when we watch and read the news. For those working in the field of criminal justice, it is not just a mere spectacle on TV or the internet – it is what makes up their day to day. They are exposed to potentially violent encounters as a part of their job – from responding to service calls, arresting offenders, to securing inmates in correction facilities.

This course’s instructor is Scott Kirshner. Scott served the criminal justice field in various roles. He excelled best in the training and education facet of the field where he’s taught for various areas such as firearms, defensive tactics, survival, verbal de-escalation and use of force, just to name a few.

This webinar will delve into the risks related to the job, zeroing on correctional and detention officers, and how to overcome these threats of violence. Some of the points highlighted on this session include:

  • Statistics that illustrate the extent of violence and fatalities in correction facilities.
  • Defining dedicated threat as anyone whose main goal is to injure or kill you, and what to do when faced with this.
  • The Combat Mindset that focuses on situational awareness even under great stress.
  • How people can get caught up in faulty assumption that often leads to complacency.
  • The policies and procedures kept in place to keep institutions operating smoothly, and realities that plague correction facilities.
  • The concept of complacency that unpacks how it develops and techniques/steps to avoid and fight complacency.
  • The inmate’s mindset that correction and detention officers must be mindful and wary of.
  • The ability to read the environment by practicing alertness on the minutest cues and deviation from what is normal which allows for proactive and faster response.
  • Things to keep in mind and observe to keep yourself and your surroundings safe and de-escalate potential threats.
  • The worst-case scenario of violence, what to expect in such an incident, and pointers to remember when engaged in a violent encounter.
  • Helpful resources for survival as well as first-aid/medical equipment highly recommended for inclusion in the correction/detention officer’s gear.
  • Scott clarified queries related to:
    • What the OODA Loop is.
    • De-escalation for mentally ill inmates.
    • The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT).
    • Rallying the team to be more alert and eradicate complacency.
    • Using checklists to minimize complacency.
    • Striking a balance between hypervigilance and mindful alertness.
    • The existence of studies on the likelihood of inmates to commit violence.
    • Segregating inmates based on their propensity for violence.


Resources Mentioned During Webinar

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