Over the past month, the Department of Corrections 7th Cycle Academy has undergone physical training, emergency tactics, and received ethics and professional conduct training to better serve the needs of the prison in Susupe.
Acting Corrections Commissioner Vincent Attao said that regular training of cadets and reinforcement with the Department of Public Safety has improved the quality of professional conduct and integrity.
Public Safety counselor Jennifer McQuay, for her part, demonstrated techniques to control and manage stressful situations in a correctional facility and overall anger management for cadets.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres noted that vigilance, respect for human rights, and sense of responsibility must be emphasized in all trainings with law enforcement and corrections.
“Corrections officers are given the duty to keep peace and order while providing the appropriate services to inmates in this time of rehabilitation. There is a very delicate balance needed to achieve this and many of these officers take these stresses home with them. We have been progressing in how we enforce policies and protect inmate rights, and moving forward we want to improve the quality of rehabilitation and these cadets play a key role in this endeavor,” Torres said.
Attao said that physical training and counseling are key parts to ensuring that cadets are fit for duty.
“These cadets are given a role of authority and it is important that they fully understand these responsibilities. Our Correctional Emergency Response Team, for example, goes through a selection process that screens officers with the highest level of ethical conduct and strategic responsibility. They serve on our Elite Response Team. We hope that, with regular and consistent training, this next cycle of cadets will be at the forefront of inmate safety and serve as a model for correctional conduct to ensure the wellbeing of the community,” Attao said. (PR)