Officers graduate from Basic Detention Academy offered through CCC


Flagstaff, Ariz. -- Helping others and law enforcement are his passions, but he’d been out of school for nearly 20 years.


Regardless, Ty Briggs decided to follow his passions, and he joined the Detention Officer ranks at the Coconino County Detention Facility.


Briggs, along with eight other colleagues, successfully completed the coursework of the Basic Detention Academy offered in partnership between the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino Community College. They all received recognition for their accomplishment with a graduation ceremony at the CCC Lone Tree campus on Nov. 3.


“Some of the most enjoyable parts of the academy would be team building and getting to know my fellow officers,” Briggs said.


The Basic Detention Academy is designed to meet Arizona Detention Standards, and it provides entry-level training to detention officer staff. About 90 percent of the detention officers working at the Coconino County Detention Facility went through the Basic Detention Academy, according to information from the sheriff’s office.


The eight-week academy includes six weeks of instruction at CCC and the jail. The program is worth 13 credits, which helps the graduates if the decide to go onto university. All classes are taught by staff at the jail. Typically, 10 students go through the academy at a time, and the academy is offered once in the fall and once in the spring.


“It’s a huge overview,” said Sgt. Patrick O’Brien, the Basic Detention Academy director. “They learn history of corrections, defensive tactics, physical fitness, what is criminal behavior, narcotics, gang activity …”


Additionally, the candidates are given courses on criminal justice procedure, law and how it is applied directly to detention and the relationship it plays to detention. After the graduation ceremony, the Detention Officers underwent two weeks of post-academy training, which includes Emergency Response Team field work.


Briggs said of the academy, “I learned how to complete my job more proficiently as well as how to deal with different situations that may come up while working … It also showed me programs that are available to the individuals in custody.”


O’Brien, who has been working for the sheriff’s office the last 11 years, said that all of the detention officers in the academy have been "on the floor" at the jail up to six months before they attended the academy. Each detention officer must undergo a minimum of 240 hours of field training, and once graduated from the academy, they are eligible for promotion to Detention Officer II, which means an increase in pay and responsibility. Detention Officers II must become firearm certified in order to be able to transport inmates and perform other duties outside of the corrections setting.


Briggs said, “I am planning on testing for DO II … I am going to pass on the knowledge that I have learned from the academy to fellow officers.”


O’Brien said that the jail is currently seeking detention officer candidates, and added that the work is rewarding.


“You get to talk to people, and you get to try to help them,” O’Brien said. “It can be very difficult and stressful, but it’s also very rewarding, helpful and fun.”


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Tuesday, 28th November 2017

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