Escorting and Transporting Inmates

Escorting and Transporting Inmates 

This course provides entry level corrections officers working in jails, prisons, and community confinement facilities an overview of general purposes for transporting and escorting inmates and detainees. It also outlines considerations for safe transport and escort. Information is presented from a national, broad-based view. It is imperative that staff know and adhere to their agency’s policies and procedures related to the escort and transport of inmates/detainees.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.50 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6090

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ETI-V2
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify general guidelines related to escorts for inmates at maximum, high or close, medium, or minimum security or custody levels.
List 5 types of escorts conducted inside and outside the perimeter of facilities and discuss general escort practices for each.
Explain at least 6 general guidelines to consider to safely transport inmates.
Identify at least 9 practices and standards to consider when conducting transports.

SA. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Escorts and Transports A. Meet Officers Green and Brown B. Escorting Offenders Inside the Facility C. Escorting Inmates Outside the Perimeter D. Controlled Movement E. Security Levels and Escorts F. Escort and Observation Chart G. Guidelines for Escorting and Transporting Inmates H. Summary Section 3: Escorts Inside the Facility A. Types of Inside Escorts B. Special Housing Units C. SHU Escorts: Restraints D. Scenario E. CCTV Observation F. SHU Inmates Are Watching You G. A Shortcut Leads to Injury H. Program Areas I. Visiting Room J. Medical Unit K. Work Assignments L. Review M. Summary Section 4: Escorts Outside the Perimeter A. Common Types of Outside Transports B. Transport to an Institution/Facility C. Transporting Inmates to Court D. Courtroom Escorts E. Medical Transports F. Scenario G. Funeral Transports H. Inmates with Disabilities I. Review J. Summary Section 5: Guidelines for Transporting Inmates C. Transporting Inmates D. Important General Guidelines E. Vehicle Standards F. Use of Restraints G. Transport and Escort Assessment H. Transport Officer Responsibilities I. Inmate Searches J. Scenario K. Ground Transportation and Escort Standards L. Emergency Situations M. Transfer of Detainee Documents, Items, and Medication N. Commercial Air Transportation O. Planning Checklist P. Review Q. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Instructor: Joe Martin
Joe Martin is a career employee for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Joe started his career as an officer in 1998. Joe was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant in 2005. Joe worked and supervised most security positions within a male and female facility while in security that include: Internal Affairs supervisor, Special Management Unit Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, Adjustment Committee, and Grievance Chairman. In 2012 Joe was again promoted to the Accreditation Manager. In 2013 Joe was promoted to Central Office and started in the PREA Executive department. In 2014 Joe gained his DOJ PREA auditor certification where he served as chair for many PREA Audits in Missouri and Kansas while the KY DOC was part of a consortium with several other states. During his career, he has also served as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader and active member of the team. Joe’s accomplishments include Commissioner’s and Achievement awards for the department. Disclosure: Joe Martin has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed.
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses. Disclosure: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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