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Training and Development
Professional Development Unit
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To learn more about the training programs listed below, please contact your local Training and Development Specialist II, or the central Professional Development Unit office in Salem at (503) 378-2847. Training Staff Directory 
 DOC Training Programs
New Employee
Orientation
The department offers a 40-hour New Employee Orientation (NEO) program to all employees new to the department, prior employees who have been away from the department for two years or more, and full-time contractors. The NEO program is designed to provide new employees base-line information on the mission, vision, values, concepts, principles, policies and rules of the agency, focusing on the Oregon Accountability Model. Selected functional units, such as Inmate Workforce Development, Security Threat Group Managers, and Emergency Response Managers provide information pertaining to their responsibilities. Skill-based training such as CPR and First Aid is also included. Newly hired staff are expected to successfully complete the NEO program within their trial service period.
 
Basic Corrections Course (BCC)
This program is offered to all DOC facilities a standardized process to implement the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certified Basic Corrections Course (BCC) in compliance with ORS 181.610 to 181.712 and OAR 259-008-0025.  This comprehensive program prepares Correctional Officers to perform their duties within the context of the Mission, Vision, Values and goals of the department.  During their first year of employment, Correctional Officers will receive consistent, systematic on-the-job field training and coaching, classroom instruction, force skills, and on-line training in the basic knowledge and skills necessary for success.
 
The BCC is a year long program incorporating classroom training, online courses, health and fitness classes, force skills training, and a comprehensive FTEP. The program is certified by DPSST and portable to other correctional agencies in Oregon. The content of the program is not altered at the institution level. 
 
 
Annual
In-Service
Each annual 40 hour training program is designed to meet the training requirements for both custody and non-custody employees and contractors. The program´s design is based on employee surveys, focus group results, out-side regulatory agency requirements, and training need assessments, and the program’s design and presentation is intended to further the department’s mission and goals while strengthening teamwork and communication among and between staff and functional units.
 
Preparation
For Supervision
This 32 hour National Institute of Corrections course effectively serves as an introduction to supervisory concepts and is designed for those staff who might be seen as or who want to be considered for the next generation of department management.
 
Management
In-Service
Traning
Each year a variety of subjects are delivered which are specific to the needs and duties of department management employees. This 16 hour intensively interactive course provides participants with a standard set of knowledge and skills focusing on leadership and decision-making, communication, management of security, legal issues, ethics, and personnel procedures.
 
Tactical
Basic
Individuals who have recently been assigned to TERT will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to tactical skills. This course is designed to expose department personnel to an overview of procedures and tactics to be employed to resolve a variety of emergency situations. Students will be exposed to proper deployment of containment and entry personnel; criteria for deploying emergency entry tactics; tactical operations center concepts; crisis negotiations concepts; and hostage rescue options.  This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field that will develop, improve and enhance tactical skills.
 
Students will be introduced to basic TERT topics, tactics and techniques including an overview of TERT, team organization and structure, resolution of barricaded suspect situations, covert individual and team movement, searches and room clearing both with and without ballistic shield, chemical agents, less-lethal options, and multiple field training exercises. Concepts involving planning; intelligence gathering; target site scouting; uses of diversionary devices and breaching; as well as methods of executing dynamic entry, breach and hold and limited penetration. This program provides rigorous intense physical conditioning to staff selected to serve on one of the department’s Tactical Emergency Response Teams.
 
Upon successful completion of this course, TERT members are required to participate in ongoing maintenance training for the duration of their assignment to a team.
Contractor
Orientation
This one-day program, specifically designed for the part-time contractor (less than 20 hours per week), provides the information needed for them to work within the department in a manner that is both safe and constructive for the worker, the inmates, and other staff with whom they will have contact. The program includes presentations on work-place safety, professional conduct, working with inmates, including special-need inmates, and institution security practices and protocols.
 
Basic
Firearms
This three-day program is designed to provide basic training in the safe handling and usage of the department’s standard weapons, the .38 revolver, the shotgun, and the semi-automatic carbine. Students receive classroom instruction and intense hands-on practice, all within the context of the Rule on Use of Force, including Lethal Force. Current department policy requires successful completion of this course only for those students who have been unable to satisfactorily pass the annual armed post qualification test.
 
Cell Extraction
and OC Spray
The Cell Extraction class covers the basics of the department’s procedure for removing resistant inmates from their cells within the context of the Rule on the Use of Force, the composition of a cell extraction team, and the responsibilities of each team member. Students are then coached through one or more practice extraction drills. Chemical Agents are often a part of forced move situations. In this class, the various chemical agents available within the institutions are identified and each type’s specific uses, contra-indications and de-contamination processes are explained.
 
Range Master
Training
The current one-week Range Master program trains selected staff to serve as department fire-arms instructors. The curriculum covers safety issues, training techniques, student and range management, a review of the Rule on Use of Force as it pertains to the employment of lethal force, and the specifics of the approved lesson plans for each of the department’s standard weapons as well as the curriculum for Mobile Patrol officers. Participants are expected to practice teach during the program. Successful graduates are qualified, under the supervision of the Staff Training Section, to train other employees in any of the department’s fire-arms programs.
 
Train the
Trainers
The Staff Training Section conducts "Train the Trainers" sessions for a variety of training topics within the Orientation and In-Service programs. Department employees interested in serving as an adjunct trainer may be required to attend the Instructor Development course, in addition to the more "content" oriented Train the Trainer sessions in their expressed areas of interest. Some Train the Trainer modules, such as Medic First Aid, require successful completion of a proprietary instructor trainer course, which is coordinated by, or taught by the Staff Training Section.