Working as a community corrections officer can be a dangerous job. Between 2016 and 2017, federal probation officers reported 528 hazardous duty incidents, ranging from verbal intimidation to physical attacks (Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, 2018). As such, it is important to be proactive in ensuring your safety in the office and in the field. This course will discuss dangerous situations community corrections officers may be exposed to, and provide suggestions for enhancing their safety in the field and in the office. It also will discuss safety precautions regarding the use of social media and provide a brief overview of use of force. The content in this course is applicable to probation and parole officers working in adult and juvenile community supervision agencies.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.00 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.
This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Safety on the Job
Parole Officer Down
Overview of What We Know About Safety for Community Supervision Officers
Ways Your Safety May Be Threatened
Section 3: Considerations for Officer Safety
General Considerations for Officer Safety
Enhancing Safety in the Office
Enhancing Safety in the Field
Be Aware of Potential Hazardous Environments and Situations
Enhancing Safety Off-Duty
Do You Ever?
Enhancing Safety on Social Media
Section 4: Use of Force
What Should You Do?
When to Use Force
The “Reasonable” Standard
Use of Force Continuum
Things to Keep in Mind
Section 5: Conclusion
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Robert L. Thornton
Robert L. (Bob) Thornton, M.Ed., is Director of Community Corrections Institute, LLC, a company dedicated to providing training and consultation specifically designed for community corrections. Previously, he served as a Pretrial, Probation, and Supervising U.S. Probation Officer for over 27 years, and served as a faculty member of the Federal Judicial Center. He also conducts training for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). He co-authored the NIC monograph, New Approaches to Staff Safety, and authored New Approaches to Safe Safety-Second Edition, and was recently awarded a cooperative agreement to co-author a third edition.
He also authored the publication Guns, Safety and Proactive Supervision: Involving Probation and Parole in Project Safe Neighborhoods, co-authored the 2014 publication Gang Courts: An Innovative Strategy for Gang-involved Offenders, and was contributing author for the APPA publication Practical Action Tips on Officer Safety for Tribal Probation Personnel.
Additionally, he is a Federal/State Court certified expert in community corrections and a Certified Force Analyst through Force Science Institute.Disclosure: Robert L. Thornton has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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