Escorting and Transporting Residents in Juvenile Facilities

Escorting and Transporting Residents in Juvenile Facilities 

Transporting and escorting residents can be a dangerous assignment for custodial personnel. These duties pose security risks for assaults, escapes, and the introduction of contraband. Custodial staff need training on security guidelines and agency policies and procedures for transporting and escorting residents to maintain personal and facility safety. This course provides youth workers in juvenile detention facilities and other community confinement facilities that house youthful offenders with an overview of general purposes for transporting and escorting residents. It also outlines considerations for safe transport and escort. Some of the information in this course is focused more on staff working in secure facilities with high-risk residents rather than staff working in open or less-secure facilities. However, some of the information in this course can be applied to staff escorting and transporting lower-risk juveniles. 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 residents.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-JFETI
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
Identify general guidelines related to escorts for residents 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 residents.
Identify at least 9 practices and standards to consider when conducting transports.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview of Escorts and Transports

A. Meet Youth Workers Green and Brown

B. Escorting Residents Inside the Facility

C. Controlled Movement

D. Security Levels and Escorts

E. Escort and Observation Chart

F. Types of Escorts

G. Guidelines for Escorting Residents

H. Review

I. Summary

Section 3: Escorts Outside the Perimeter

A. Common Types of Outside Transports

B. Transport to Another Facility

C. Transporting Residents to Court

D. Courtroom Escorts

E. Medical Transports

F. Funeral Transports

G. Residents with Disabilities

H. Communicating with the Public

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 4: Transporting Residents

A. Transporting Residents

B. Important General Guidelines

C. Vehicle Standards

D. Use of Restraints

E. Transport and Escort Assessment

F. Transport Officer Responsibilities

G. Resident Searches

H. Scenario

I. Ground Transportation and Escort Standards

J. Emergency Situations

K. Transfer of Resident Documents, Items, and Medication

L. Commercial Air Transportation

M. Planning Checklist

N. Review

O. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

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.
Expert Reviewer: Debbie Gonzalez

Debbie Gonzalez is a career state employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Debbie has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University. She began her career in 2003 with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Social Service Worker. Her duties included individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. She also became certified in juvenile sex offender counseling, substance abuse counseling, and family engagement strategies. While working at a DJJ group home, she served as the grievance officer, assisted in preparing for ACA audits, performed duty officer rotation, covered youth worker shifts when staff was shorthanded, chaired treatment team meetings, conducted initial treatment plan meetings with the youth and his family, and prepared documents and youth for discharge. In 2013, Debbie was promoted to Social Service Clinician.

In 2015, Debbie changed careers and began working for adult corrections. She currently interviews convicted inmates and prepares presentence sex offender risk assessments prior to final sentencing.

Disclosure: Debbie Gonzalez 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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