Twenty Graduate from the New Hampshire Corrections Academy
(Concord, NH) On November 4, 2011, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections pre-service Corrections Academy ended with a graduation ceremony for twenty recently hired employees. Corrections Academy 93 ran nine weeks and all of the new employees reported to their assignments immediately. The Corrections Officers attended the full nine-week pre-service training while the civilian staff attended one or four weeks depending on their position.
The make up of this class included ten Corrections Officers and ten civilian employees. Of the ten Corrections Officers, five are assigned to the NH State Prison in Concord, Two to the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin, two the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown, and one to the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit in Concord.
The ten civilian employees include three health care staff, two Correctional Counselors/Case Managers, one Human Resources Coordinator, one Chef, one Program Assistant, an Account Clerk and an Accounting Technician.
The mandatory nine-week pre-service academy provided new staff with the tools to succeed as Corrections employees. The employees received training in offender management, inter-personal communication, emergency preparedness, CPR, basic New Hampshire law, health and fitness, and a variety of other skills. The Corrections Officers were certified in firearms and defensive tactics. They resolved a series of scenarios to simulate the unpredictable challenges that they face daily behind prison walls.