(Concord, NH) On Friday March 21, 2008, thirty-one newly hired employees graduated from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Academy program. Academy #87 was comprised of fifteen Corrections Officers and sixteen non-uniformed employees who will report to their new assignments immediately.
The mandatory eight-week pre-service academy provided new staff with the tools to succeed as Corrections employees. The employees received training in offender management, inter-personal communication, emergency preparedness, CPR, ethics, basic New Hampshire law, health and fitness, and a variety of other skills. They resolved a series of scenarios to simulate the unpredictable challenges that they face daily behind prison walls.
Security staff attended the full eight weeks while non-uniformed employees primarily attended the educational portion of the Academy. Security staff must be certified or receive training in firearms, defensive tactics, radio use, cell extractions, and searches.
Of the fifteen graduating officers, ten will be assigned to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, three to the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin, and two to the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia. The non-uniformed employees include five medical/mental health professionals, two for New Hampshire Correctional Industries, one Corrections Case Counselor/Case Manager, and eight support staff.