Students completing the 10 month Correctional Officer Program at Sumner College will now be able to receive the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) armed and unarmed certification.
In what is often stereotyped as a male dominated industry, it’s not only inspiring but refreshing to see that the current Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections is Colette Peters, the first woman in Oregon history to hold this position. Colette Peters was appointed as Director of the Department of Corrections in February 2012 after Max Williams left the position. Before becoming the Director of the Department of Corrections, she was the Director for the Oregon Youth Authority.
Oregon Public Broadcasting interviewed Colette Peters in March 2012, you can read the full story and even listen to the interview where you will really get to know her, her experiences and her views about the corrections system.
Very interesting stuff and I encourage all of you to listen to the interview and share with anyone that is considering a career in the field of corrections and criminal justice. The interview is about 15 minutes long, but well worth it.
For the OPB Interview: http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/new-doc-director-colette-peters/.
Another detailed one on one interview conducted by Council 75 Communications Director Don Loving: http://orafscmecorrections.unionactive.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=250357.
Came across this new article of a Dallas police officer who voluntarily was tased and is now suing Taser International. Seriously? This should be part of training because it’s what is used on the public.. right? What are your thoughts? Should officers be required to “ride” the lighting? Yes? No? In other industries it is common for employees to try certain products so they can understand what the product is like to better relate and understand the consumer. Granted you probably can’t do this with ALL products, but still…