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Tennessee Correction Academy

Special Training Programs

The Academy offers many specialized training programs designed to provide employees with the specific knowledge and skills required either by their position title or work place assignment.  Some of these programs are:

  • Cell Extraction Team Training
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Disciplinary Board Training
  • Electronic Restraint Device Training
  • Less Than Lethal Munitions Training
  • New Supervisors Training
  • Train the Trainer Workshop
  • Transportation Officer School
  • Incident Command for Corrections
  • Chemical Agent Instructor Training
  • Hostage Negotiator Training
  • Correctional Emergency Response Team Training - Level I
  • Facility Based Tactical Squad Training - Level II
  • Probation/Parole Officer Use of Force Training
  • Institutional Field Training Officer

Basic Management and Succession Planning Training

The Academy is committed to the Department's vision of preparing our future leaders today and have incorporated two basic programs that will be the foundation upon which to build more tiers of management and succession planning.

Sergeant's Academy - A two-week program designed to be the first phase in the new standard of excellence in the leadership of our Department. Participants who choose to attend this Academy will be instructed in cutting edge principles of leadership, motivation, team cohesion, and resource management. This program is available to corporal through captain and PPO3 and above.

Basic Management Development - A two-day program designed as a refresher for managers in the fundamental elements required to be effective leaders. This program is designed to improve the performance, efficiency, character, and success of the members of our team. It is available to all mid to upper level managers in either division.

Hostage Negotiators

The Hostage Negotiators Workshop is a 40 hour program that provides training for hostage negotiators within the Tennessee Department of Correction.  Hostage situations are a factor in correctional facilities, and it is imperative that negotiators be trained in effective intervention techniques.  This training includes:

  • Command Post Set-Up and Control
  • Communication Techniques
  • Eleven Principles of Hostage Negotiations
  • Face-to-Face Negotiations
  • Flow of the Negotiative Process
  • Psychology of the Hostage Taker
  • Role of the Negotiator
  • Stockholm Syndrome
  • Stress in a Hostage Situation
  • Tactical Role of Negotiation
  • Telephone Negotiations Technique