Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy
A Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Training Academy
Safety First: A Jail Security Refresher and Suicide Prevention in the Jail
About the course
The jail officer is an observer of the conditions and inmate behaviors in the jail. Every jail officer wants to come home safe at the end of the day. Jail officers and civilians must practice situational awareness-every shift, every workday and in all areas of the jail. This course will provide insight and understanding about the importance of ‘reading’ the climate of the inmate population, enhancing observation skills, detecting contraband, communicating with staff, and maintaining good thinking skills. This helps to keep tensions down in the jail while at the same time maintaining a level of safety. The jail officer will learn how to think, how inmates think, how to read signs of tension in the inmates and how to take initiative-taking action to decrease, rather than escalate violence.