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Local Detention Academy Short-Term Training

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Mid’s Local Detention Academy Short-Term Training prepares you to work as a local corrections officer in county jails. A career as a correctional officer gives you the opportunity to work closely with inmates, and daily duties include being responsible for the security of inmates, the public, and the facility.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • September 10 - October 30

Total Cost

  • $1,100

Questions?

For more information contact Barney Ledford, Mid Michigan College Criminal Justice Program/Training Coordinator, at (989) 339-6961 or bledford@midmich.edu.

Training Highlights

  • Approved by the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) since 2011
  • Academy meets all MSCTC requirements and Instructors are MSCTC certified
  • 160-Hour Short-Term Training includes three courses with 14 modules
  • Each course is one semester in length
  • Courses are offered during fall, winter, and summer semesters
  • Training can be completed in as little as one semester or extended to two semesters
  • 100% attendance is mandatory
  • Courses culminate in a written exam—a passing score of 70% or better is required
  • Upon successful completion trainees receive MSCTC Local Detention Certification
  • Trainees have the option to purchase 10 credit hours toward a Mid Michigan College Criminal Justice Associate in Arts Degree upon successful training completion

Local Detention Academy Module Details

LDA 231

Module Description

LDA 231 Local Detention Academy I is designed to prepare students for employment at local correctional facilities, and is one of three training courses required to complete the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council's Local Detention Academy 160-Hour Short-Term Training. LDA 231 includes the following modules and hours.

  • Correctional Law [16 hours]
  • Report Writing [8 hours]
  • Interpersonal Communications [16 hours]
  • Workplace Harassment [2 hours]
  • Stress Management [4 hours]
  • Ethics in Corrections [2 hours]
  • Cultural Diversity [4 hours]

Module Goals

The goal of LDA 231 is to prepare students for employment at a local correctional facility. After successfully completing LDA 231 students will have accumulated 52 hours toward the required 160 hours of total training.

Module Descriptions

Correctional Law [16 hours]

This sixteen hour module examines legal principles and processes which impact the custody of inmates and the management of local correctional facilities. A prime objective of this module is to give the student more confidence in their knowledge of the law and at the same time, reduce resentment of legal parameters by familiarizing the student with the basis for important legal decisions. By examining benchmark cases involving inmate and staff lawsuits, as well as legislation, the student gains insight about the basis for many of the laws which affect the daily duties of correctional officers.

Report Writing [8 hours]

Clear, concise, and objective report writing is one of the most important tools in correctional facility management today. Well written reports improve inmate management, enhance security, and increase protection from liability for the agency. This module is designed to improve the student's basic writing skills and provide techniques which enhance their effectiveness in documenting inmate behavior and occurrences in the jail.

Interpersonal Communications [16 hours]

This module has been used by corrections agencies for several years to train officers in skills needed to effectively communicate with prisoners and defuse hostile encounters. This National Institute of Corrections (NIC) module is designed to be skills oriented,using a combination of text and video scenarios to demonstrate communication skills. In addition, students are involved in role playing exercises to practice the skills learned.

Workplace Harassment [2 hours]

This two hour module addresses the issue of sexual harassment by examining its causes, manifestations, and ramifications, both personal and legal. The Elliot-Larsen Act is a major focal point of the module, as well as the definition of and remedies for sexual harassment.

Ethics in Corrections [2 hours]

This module examines why ethical behavior is a must for corrections officers, and assists students in identifying ethical behavior and how to deal with unethical behavior.

Stress Management [4 hours]

Stress is as much a part of corrections work as bars and keys. This module examines the causes of stress, the effects of stress on the mind and body, and effective methods of stress reduction which students can practice on their own.

Cultural Diversity [4 hours]

Traditionally, correctional facilities have placed a greater emphasis on the mechanics of incarceration (i.e. institution security, key control, and emergency procedures) than on the interpersonal skills of the staff. This module is designed to increase the sensitivity of students to diversity related issues, especially when dealing with inmates and staff. Origins of prejudice, bias, and bigotry are examined, as well as methods for dealing with ethnic, racial, and religious differences.

Required Work

The student's work, including written and verbal participation, specific module projects, coupled with tests and student feedback will be measured against the written pre-planned goals, objectives, and outcomes of the training course. A written examination, based on the training objectives and desired training course outcomes, is administered at the completion of each module. A passing score of 70% is required for all modules. Successful completion of practical exams is also required for a passing grade in the module.

Method

The training course consists of lectures and events that require student participation. Students receive an all-inclusive student manual, and visual materials are used where appropriate. Class participation and attendance are essential to this training, and students are required to satisfactorily complete all seven modules to achieve certification.

LDA 232

Module Description

LDA 232 Local Detention Academy II is designed to prepare students for employment at local correctional facilities, and is one of three training courses required to complete the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council's Local Detention Academy 160-Hour Short-Term Training. LDA 232 includes the following modules and hours.

  • Booking & Intake Screening [8 hours]
  • Custody & Security [24 hours]
  • Prisoner Behavior [8 hours]
  • Suicide Awareness [8 hours]

Module Goals

The goal of LDA 232 is to prepare the students for employment at a local correctional facility. After successfully completing LDA 232 students will have accumulated 48 hours toward the required 160 hours of total training.

Module Descriptions

Booking & Intake Screening [8 hours]

Students must know and understand the proper procedures for booking prisoners into facilities. Additionally, students must understand and appreciate their legal responsibilities and the consequences of their actions during the booking process. Proper booking and intake screening are vital to the agency in terms of liability. The booking and intake screening module is designed to follow the normal flow of activity in a typical facility during the booking process and familiarize students with all aspects of the booking and intake screening process.

Custody & Security [24 hours]

This training module is designed to acquaint students with security issues and procedures. Information includes weapons and key control, inmate counts, security checks, inmate movement, contraband recognition and control, and searches. Security issues relative to trustee and day-parole inmates are covered. Transportation of prisoners, courtroom security, hospital security, and unusual occurrences such as hostage situations are also addressed.

Prisoner Behavior [8 hours]

This module addresses characteristics of human behavior, specifically the antisocial manipulative behavior which many inmates engage in, as well as specific mental disorders which are exhibited by many inmates. The module also explores methods of dealing with the behavior and illness effectively.

SUICIDE AWARENESS [8 hours]

This training module is designed to make students aware of causes for suicidal behavior, symptoms of suicidal behavior, and the responsibilities of the correctional facility and staff in preventing prisoner suicide. The module focuses on commonly exhibited behavior of suicidal prisoners, prevention and intervention techniques, and emergency procedures for attempted suicides.

Required Work

The student's work, including written and verbal participation, specific module projects, coupled with tests and student feedback will be measured against the written pre-planned goals, objectives, and outcomes of the training course. A written examination, based on the training objectives and desired training course outcomes, is administered at the completion of each module. A passing score of 70% is required for all modules. Successful completion of practical exams is also required for a passing grade in the module.

Method

The training course consists of lectures and events that require student participation. Students receive an all-inclusive student manual, and visual materials are used where appropriate. Class participation and attendance are essential to this training, and students are required to satisfactorily complete all seven modules to achieve certification.

LDA 233

Module Description

LDA 233 Local Detention Academy III is designed to prepare students for employment at local correctional facilities, and is one of three training courses required to complete the Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council's Local Detention Academy 160-Hour Short-Term Training. LDA 233 includes the following modules and hours.

  • Defensive Tactics [40 hours]
  • Fire Safety [12 hours]
  • First Aid/CPR/AED [8 hours]

Module Goals

The goal of LDA 233 is to prepare the students for employment at a local correctional facility. After successfully completing LDA 233 students will have accumulated 60 hours toward the required 160 hours of total training.

Module Descriptions

Defensive Tactics [40 hours]

This module introduces students to proven methods of both defensive and offensive techniques utilized in the control of violent inmates. The preferred techniques are Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) Inmate Control, PPCT GAGE, and PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense. Cutting edge defensive tactics training has been accepted as an equivalent to PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense as of January 23, 2009.

Fire Safety [12 hours]

This module conveys to students basic fire science and an understanding of how smoke spreads throughout a structure. Students also learn proper fire suppression techniques, how to utilize portable fire extinguishers, and how to function within a smoke filled environment using a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Emphasis is placed upon function, proper use, and maintenance of a SCBA. The module is not intended to qualify students as certified fire fighters. As a result of successfully completing this module, students are able to quickly recognize and suppress small fires and effectively implement rescue procedures for personnel and inmates during fire and smoke situations in a competent and professional manner.

First Aid/CPR/AED [8 hours]

This module is designed to train students to be effective first responders. The module includes American Red Cross, Workplace Training: Standard First Aid, American Heart Association, Heartsaver First Aid, American Safety & Health Institute, and First Responder.

Required Work

The student's work, including written and verbal participation, specific module projects, coupled with tests and student feedback will be measured against the written pre-planned goals, objectives, and outcomes of the training course. A written examination, based on the training objectives and desired training course outcomes, is administered at the completion of each module. A passing score of 70% is required for all modules. Successful completion of practical exams is also required for a passing grade in the module.

Method

The training course consists of lectures and events that require student participation. Students receive an all-inclusive student manual, and visual materials are used where appropriate. Class participation and attendance are essential to this training, and students are required to satisfactorily complete all seven modules to achieve certification.

State of Michigan Hiring Standards for Local Corrections Officers

To become a Local Corrections Officer, each new candidate is required to meet all of the minimum standards established and adopted by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) under the authority of Section 8 of Public Act 125 of 2003. The Sheriff’s Office has the responsibility to screen candidates to ensure compliance with all minimum standards.

Please Note: County Sheriff’s Offices have the discretion to establish standards that exceed the MSCTC minimum standards as long as the agency can justify the higher standard in relation to the position.
The applicant must meet the following required minimum standards.
  • Not less than 18 years old, no maximum age
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Possess high school diploma or equivalency
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Complete an oral interview to determine acceptability for a corrections officer position
  • No prior felony convictions
  • Possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation covering school and employment records, home environment, personal traits, and integrity
    • Consideration will be given to all criminal and civil law violations as indicating a lack of good character.
  • Provide fingerprints for a search of state and federal fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
  • Complete drug testing for the use of illegal controlled substances
    • The testing will be completed after a conditional offer of employment (ADA Requirement)
  • Candidate is required to demonstrate his or her mental fitness by successfully completing both of the following requirements:
    • Prior to employment, complete the MSCTC written examination, which tests the candidate's mental fitness in the areas of reading comprehension, writing skills, and situational reasoning.
      • Written exam results are valid for three years from successful completion of the test.
    • After a conditional offer of employment, an evaluation by a licensed health care professional must be completed, which demonstrates that the applicant is free from mental or emotional instabilities which may impair the performance of the essential job functions of a local corrections officer.
  • Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT)
    • Beginning March 1, 2014, each local corrections officer applicant is required to demonstrate their physical ability by successfully completing the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT) before being hired as a local corrections officer.
      • No other physical fitness/physical ability test will meet the requirements. The LCOPAT is designed to simulate the physical aspects of the local corrections officer profession and is made up of different components that address a specific physical ability or job task.
      • Prior to completing the LCOPAT applicants must provide a Health Screening Form, review the LCOPAT Guide, and pay the test fee.
        • LCOPAT test sites approved by the MSCTC have the authority to establish a fee for administering the LCOPAT at their facility. However, the fee shall not exceed a cost of $50.00 per student/per test.
      • It is the applicant's responsibility to provide proof of successful completion of the LCOPAT to a potential employer. The test results of the LCOPAT are valid for one year from successful completion of the test.
 
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