NH Department of Corrections to Use More Technology in Training

(Concord, NH)  New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that several employee in-service training courses will now be provided electronically through E-learning.

The courses include Harassment and Discrimination, Responding to Correctional Emergencies, Fire Response and Evacuation, Warning Signs of an Impending Disturbance, Domestic Violence, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, Suicide Prevention, and Defensive Driving for Government Employees. Additional courses will be added.

Many employees will be able to participate in these classes at their desks.  Computer work stations are being set up at each of the state’s prison facilities for employees who do not have regular computer access. Training coordinators at each location will facilitate scheduling employees for their required annual training.

“It is important to take advantage of technology in providing staff training. E-learning is less expensive, more efficient, and reduces the time staff must be away from their posts,” Commissioner Wrenn said.

Department of Corrections employees are required to receive forty hours of annual in-service training to maintain their certifications.  E-training will begin in December 2009.