Law Enforcement Training

Topics At A Glance

Two years ago, the curriculum for the Correctional Entry Level Training Program was revamped and expanded in a collaborative effort by the state’s Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC) and correctional staff throughout Maryland. Recruits now undergo 35 days of training, more scenario-based exercises, much more intensive physical training and classes on inmate behavior, fraternization, mental health and dealing with special populations.

New Correctional Officer AcademyLaw Enforcement Training

During FY12 the curriculum for the Correctional Entry Level Training Program was revamped and expanded in a collaborative effort by the state’s Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC) and correctional staff throughout Maryland. Recruits now undergo 35 days of training, more scenario-based exercises, much more intensive physical training and classes on inmate behavior, fraternization, mental health and dealing with special populations.

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International Training Efforts

DPSCS is a leader in law enforcement training, evidenced by the various international agencies that seek out the expertise of the department’s Special Operations Group. During FY13, SOG:

  • Trained Haiti officers in Port Au Prince, Haiti on inmate transportation.
  • Advised Mexico officers on their first Emergency Response Team classes they were conducting in Xalapa, Mexico.
  • Trained Jamaican officers in Kingston, Jamaica on ERT training.
  • Hosted Haiti officers for inmate transportation course at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions site.

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Crime Prevention Training/Outreach

The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI), a unit within PCTC, serves the community through crime prevention programs and materials. During FY13:

  • MCCPI reached 5,631 people with topics that ranged from bullying, gangs, personal property protection and crime prevention issues relevant to seniors.
  • Training opportunities were provided to school administrators, teachers and parents on gang awareness.
  • The Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) academy is also run out of MCCPI, graduating 25 new officers and providing annual in-service training for 108 more who will take the message back to schools in Maryland and across the country.

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Quick Facts

Law Enforcement Training In FY13

Correctional Academy

  • 601 DPSCS staff completed training

Crime Prevention Institute

  • 5,631 people reached – law enforcement, citizens, businesses
  • Topics include bullying, senior crime prevention and gangs

DARE Academy

  • 25 new officers graduated
  • In-service training for 108 officers