Criminal justice has become a more in demand at colleges across the region in recent years and during the June 21 meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents the course was approved for the Elizabethton campus.
College President Dean Blevins said the course, for jailers and guards, will be offered in response to requests from law enforcement officials in the region. The course will be taught at the Herman Robinson Extension Campus, located at 1500 Arney St. In many law enforcement departments in the region that operate jails, the positions of jailers and guards are entry level positions.
According to Blevins, the curriculum for TCAT-Elizabethton consists of a broad range of topics designed to equip jailers and guards with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary.
In addition, the course will teach jailers and guards how to conduct cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect the facility for cleanliness and stand guard during exercise periods.
“We plan to offer the course in September 2019 provided there are a sufficient number of students enrolled by then,” Blevins said.
This training, which may be completed in two trimesters, provides students with knowledge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations, personal development, and worker characteristics, among other items.
Students who complete the first trimester, 432 clock hours of study, will receive a correctional officer apprentice certificate. If students complete both trimesters, totaling 864 clock hours of study, they will receive a master correctional officer certificate.
Classes will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Building One at the Arney Street campus.