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Training Division

Training Academy Graduation

The Training Division conducts a 12–week training academy for each incoming class of officer candidates vying to serve in the Department, the Training Division gives instruction in a variety of custody–specific topics including: the use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling, suicide prevention, courtroom testimony, ethics and professionalism, inmate education, CORI and inmate rights and responsibilities, fire safety, evacuation plans, and general professional subjects which include clear and concise report writing, sexual harassment, general conduct, CPR, interpersonal communications, and more. Cadets also receive physical training and are schooled in multiple defense tactics. The Department has also implemented the practice of mandatory continuous training and retraining on the use of force, due to the atypical nature of the situation, to ensure that officers are well prepared for it.

Non–custody staff is also required to attend in–service training for three days every year to be trained in CPR, First Aid, Emergency Plans, Fire Safety, Suicide Prevention, Report Writing, Classification and Contraband Control, sexual harassment, cultural sensitivity, and Policy Standards, among others. Recently, Introductory Spanish has been added to the Department’s training program as a means to enhance the communication between staff and inmate/detainees and as a teaching tool.

Specialized training is also conducted on an annual basis for the Department’s award–winning Choice Officer Program.

The Division also provides extensive training for the Department’s Honor Guard, a unit that is frequently requested by various organizations to appear throughout Suffolk County and beyond to display the Colors for community functions, funerals, parades, and events.

The Training Division has instituted regular disaster drills with the participation of the Department of Homeland Security, Boston Police Department, Emergency Medical Service, and Boston Fire Department to better prepare for a variety of emergency situations. The Division has also achieved full compliance with Massachusetts General Laws and is currently working proactively to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

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