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    Office of Training and Recruitment

    • Training Division The jobs involved in supervising offenders in Michigan's prison system require substantial training. In order to provide the highest quality service to the public, other criminal justice agencies, and the offenders under the Department's supervision, the Michigan Department of Corrections provides extensive training for all staff.

    • Annual Training Requirements All employees of the Michigan Department of Corrections are required to attend and successfully complete annual in-service training.

    • Leadership Training Unit The Leadership Training Unit provides a wide array of training to the Department's current and future leaders.

    New Employee Training

    • 2 Phases of Officer Recruit Training (ORT) The ORT Curriculum is as follows:

    • Officer Recruit Training (Corrections Officers) The officer recruit training program is required by State Statute (P.A. 415) and Department policy. It prepares the new custody employee to perform all job assignments required of correctional officers. In addition to regular custody assignments, this training program also includes specific training for new employees assigned to facilities with gun towers, facilities with female offenders and all specialized training required for assignment to duties involving the transportation of prisoners, self contained breathing apparatus squads and perimeter security assignments.

    • New Employee Training in the MDOC New employee training ranges from orientation for contractual employees to 640 hours for custody officers.

    • Non-Custody New Employee Training (All Other Employees) The curriculum for the non-custody new employee training program is divided into five (5) different programs - A, B, C, D and E.

    • New Field Agent/Field Service Assistants Training Program The new field agent and field service assistants training program consists of four (4) phases encompassing three weeks of classroom training and seven weeks of on-the-job training. Phase IV is initial handgun training for new field agents and field service assistants who elect to carry a handgun.

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