WSCC Holds First Corrections Academy for Area Sheriff's Deputies

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MARIETTA, OH (November 15, 2016)—To meet the continuing education needs of area law enforcement, Washington State Community College (WSCC) recently completed its first Corrections Academy.

The state of Ohio requires that all corrections officers receive 145 hours of additional Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC) training within the first year of employment. To meet this need, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks reached out to Commander John Burdette, WSCC's Peace Office Basic Academy (POBA) program director.

Previously, when local county officers needed the mandated training, they traveled to Zanesville for an academy only offered in the spring. Due to an increase in new hires, WSCC was able to establish a class for the 15 officers from Washington, Noble and Belmont county sheriff's offices.

"WSCC's Center for Public Safety Training has been working with Sheriff Mincks of the Washington County Sheriff's Office for several months regarding holding an OPOTC Corrections Academy," said Commander Burdette. "Due to the requirement that only employed corrections officers can attend this academy, we've been unable, until now, to have the adequate number of students attending to hold the academy. Thanks to the commitment of our instructors, many of whom are already POBA certified instructors, we held a very successful and problem free first academy," he concluded.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Mark Warden praised the creation of the WSCC academy for the savings it brings to the department and ultimately taxpayers. "It's a true resource because it's right here in our backyard." He explained that having the training close to home eliminates the need for the sheriff's office to pay for ancillary expenses such as meals and housing that is required for the Zanesville training.

The four-week course covered topics from administration, first aid, jail security and more. The next academy is scheduled for July 2017.

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