Professional and Positive: Jail Staff Culture for Today

Professional and positive

** Postponed **

Registration for the new date will be announced.

Being a jail officer or deputy is difficult enough without having to work with fellow staff who are negative in their thoughts and actions. They may have a bad attitude, treat inmates in a condescending manner, or ignore the inmates’ basic needs and civil rights. Unchecked, negativity can lead to use of excessive force, sexual misconduct with inmates, corruption, and other problems. Security is placed at risk, the agency is embarrassed, staff morale drops, and the public trust is violated.

Further, lawsuits may be filed against the jurisdiction and against staff members—even those who did not directly participate in the unprofessional behavior.

Once the attitudes and behavior are recognized, officers and supervisors can take action. This 1-hour webcast will discuss how correctional staff members can deal with negative employees and reduce the risks of both lawsuits and an unsafe institutional climate.

Date/time: [new date & time pending]

Registration fee: $39 (*discount available for multiple-seat purchases)

CEU credit available: 1 hour

About the Presenter

Presenter: Gary F. Cornelius Nationally recognized trainer and author Gary F. Cornelius served for 27 years at the Fairfax County (Virginia) Adult Detention Center. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant. Gary is an adjunct faculty member with the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University. He frequently trains for national, state, and regional academies, agencies, and organizations. Hot off the presses, Gary’s latest book is The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide, Third Edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2017).

Learning Objectives

Participants in this interactive webcast will learn:

  • How to avoid getting mired in the quicksand of bad staff practices
  • How to recognize negative staff attitudes and behaviors
  • How line officers can deal with a peer who has negativity issues
  • Why it’s important to communicate with supervisors about negative staff
  • How to manage stress related to working with negative staff
  • How to rise above negativity and maintain your professionalism.

Target audience

  • Line corrections officers
  • First-line to mid-level corrections supervisors:  corporals, sergeants, and lieutenants
  • Corrections trainers.

To Register

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