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For Immediate Release

March 17, 2014

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Department of Corrections Pre-Service Training Academy to Include 18 New Officers

(Concord, N.H) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that the New Hampshire Corrections Academy begins on March 17, 2014. A total of 18 Corrections Officers Trainees are participating in the pre-service training required of all newly hired Corrections staff. The Corrections Academy will run for next nine week and be held at the Arthur D. Kehas Law Enforcement Training Center at the NH Police Standards and Training Council.

The Corrections Academy utilizes a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on training and simulated scenarios to prepare the employees to work in the specialized correctional environment each day.

The employees will participate in a daily physical fitness exercise followed by classroom lectures on topics including offender management, offender classification, cross-gender supervision, investigations, New Hampshire law, communication, medical and mental health services, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, sexual harassment, suicide prevention, fire safety, radio procedures, report writing, search techniques and defensive tactics. All staff will be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of firearms, Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray), and use of batons.

Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “We welcome these enthusiastic new employees to the Department and thank them for their dedication to state service and public safety.”

Upon graduation the employees will report to their assignments at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, and the Division of Community Corrections in Concord. The graduation ceremony will be May 16, 2014.

To become a New Hampshire Corrections Officer the applicant must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate, be a minimum of 20 years old, in good physical condition, and pass a criminal background check.

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