Security Threat Groups (STGs) present significant risk to correctional facilities. STGs account for 1/3 of the violence that occurs between individuals in custody (Knox, 2012). They are also responsible for disruptions to correctional activities, illicit activity within the facility, radicalization of individuals in custody, and violence against staff both within and outside of the facility. This course will provide information on validation criteria used to identify those with STG involvement and consequences individuals in custody experience because of STG validation. Finally, this course presents correctional officers considerations for managing individuals in custody validated as STG members or identified as associates of STGs.
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.50 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Security Threat Groups in Correctional Facilities
Security Threat Group
Criteria for Validation
Consequences of STG Validation
Section 3: Considerations for Managing Security Threat Groups
Challenges in Managing Security Threat Groups
Is There a Universal Strategy?
Variation in Security Threat Group Management
Considerations for Correctional Officers for Managing STG Members
Section 4: Conclusion
Richard Harris is the Safety and Security Administrator for the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau of the District Court and a Tulsa Police Officer. He has been working with youth in gangs for over twenty years. Richard has been a member of the Tulsa Rea Gang Taskforce (TARGET group) since 2004 and an executive board member and trainer for the Oklahoma Gang Investigator's Association since 2006. Disclosure: Richard Harris has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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