August 31, 2018
Sheriffs and/or designees:
Week 3 is complete. The Cadets had their first comprehensive exam this morning. Although a few struggled a little, everyone successfully passed! Next week is full of First Aid, Personal Defense, Firearms, and Mental Illness. We end the week with an Integrated Scenario.
We are only two weeks away from Graduation. Below is an official invite with the date, time and location. I also attached a couple new photos of recent activities. Please let us know is you have any questions or concerns.
We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day!
August 29. 2018
Sheriffs and or designees:
As most of you probably know, we are down to 14 cadets in the class. The remaining cadets are doing very well and each of them have passed both quizzes so far. They have their first comprehensive exam this Friday; I personally saw half of them studying together last evening to prepare for it.
This week we took a field trip to the Macon County Jail where the cadets received hands on training in cell searches. They also started firearms training this week. Yesterday was classroom drills; today they are on the range and will start firing this afternoon. Tomorrow is another round of personal defense (“Integrated Force Options”) and the week ends with more report writing and first responder to crime scenes.
Next week they have additional first aid, personal defense and firearm training. We have also officially scheduled our two electives for week 4; OC spray certification on 09/04/18 and Taser certification on 09/06/18, both from 6pm to 10 pm. REMINDER: We only have a few registered in each class. We need a final count asap. Please email Teri (cc’d above) by COB Friday, 08/31/18, if you want your cadet to go through either certification.
August 17, 2018
Sheriffs and/or designees:
Week 1 is in the books. We had a couple issues with a few of the Cadets adapting to a residential academy, but all things said it was a pretty good week. Unfortunately we lost one Cadet who decided the profession wasn’t for him.
This week the Cadets received training in Introduction to County Corrections, Cultural Diversity, Criminal Offenses, Ethics and Wellness, Interviewing Victims and Witnesses, Use of Force, Report Writing, and De-escalation Techniques. As you can see it was a full week. They had their first quiz this morning. All but one passed (We will work with the cadet who struggled with the first quiz). Next week they have more law courses, Illinois County Jail Standards, Processing and Documentation, Headcounts, Visitation, Transport, Fingerprinting and Photographing and their first modules in Personal Defense and First Aid. There is a lot packed into these 5 short weeks, but we’re confident they will do fine. A few of you have been inquiring about the electives for this class (sent in original email). The dates are not set but will take place in weeks 3 and 4. We are still growing and scheduling future classes. With that in mind, we are working on creating the best schedules for our students and Instructors. We will confirm the dates next week.
As always, if we have a significant issue with any of your Cadet(s), we will personally reach out to you. If you don’t hear from us, they are doing fine. I will try to keep you updated as this Academy moves along. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
August 13, 2018
Sheriffs and/or designees:
Our Basic Corrections Academy Class CC18-02 has officially begun. We started on a high note yesterday evening; everyone showed up on time!
First thing this morning, the class spent an hour with our lead physical fitness instructor talking about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout their careers. No, we do not mandate a physical fitness regime for your cadets, but we do encourage exercise (even something as simple as walking around our track every morning before class begins). The cadets then spent three hours with me talking about expectations, quizzes and course material. Their first official course began this afternoon with an introduction to the Illinois County Jail Standards, before ending the day in our Cultural Diversity course.
The rest of this week entails Law for Corrections, Interpersonal Skills (specifically Ethics, Wellness and De-escalation Techniques), Use of Force, and Report Writing.
Each week I will try to send you an update on the progress of the class. If we encounter any specific issues with your Cadet(s), you will hear from us individually. If you only receive our weekly updates, your Cadet(s) are doing fine. However, you may reach out anytime if you have questions or would like to schedule a visit with us or your Cadet(s). If you are here over our lunch period, we will buy you lunch so can visit with your Cadet(s) while they eat.
Below are our two elective courses for this class. If you would like your Cadet(s) enrolled, please let Jennifer Peterson (Admissions Coordinator) and Teri Urbanowicz (Coordinator of Operations) know. You may send them an email (they are cc’d above) or call our main number (217-330-9091). Most of your correspondence with electives will be with Teri, who will invoice you for any elective courses selected.
Also, this initial email has been sent to the agency representatives we have on file. If you would like anyone else to be added to this group, please let me know.
Thank you for trusting us with your Corrections training,
Conducted Electrical Weapon certification course (6 hours): students will be instructed and certified in their model of CEW (Taser); if applicable, students are requested to provide their own CEW; if students are not assigned a CEW, they will be certified in the latest Taser model; 2 hours of the training will be administered to all cadets during our mandatory Integrated Force Options modules (Personal Defense) with the remaining 4 hours during an evening from 6:00 pm to 10:00 p.m.; there is no minimum or maximum enrollment; tuition is $175 per student and includes all training and live cartridges.
Oleoresin Capsicum Spray course (6 hours): students will be taught the use of force related to OC deployment, as well as effects and decontamination; 2 hours of the training will be administered to all cadets during our mandatory Integrated Force Options modules (Personal Defense) with the remaining 4 hours in a separate course; the 2 hours are given at an awareness level and the additional 4 hours will certify the students to carry OC spray/foam in the performance of their duties (students will be directly sprayed and required to perform tasks; there is no minimum or maximum enrollment; tuition is $25 per student.