Course Listing For Correctional Officer
Applied Social Sciences for Correctional Officers
This course is an introduction to sociology and the direct application of theories and issues relating to the corrections field. The course will cover topics such as: sociology as a discipline, research methods, culture and socialization, race and ethnicity, gender issues, social institutions, and social dynamics and change. Students will be prepared to deal with many situations and social phenomena which may occur in a correctional setting. Students will learn techniques and strategies to deal with verbal crisis interventions, interpersonal manipulation, suicide prevention/intervention, gangs and cults, stress and critical incident stress.
Course Code: COROFF-4000
In this course students will develop skills and knowledge in control tactics and learn to react in situations which may require them to apply the principles of the Use of Force continuum. This course will train students to evaluate situations and respond with the appropriate course of action. The course will also include various scenario training sessions in order to test students under stress. At the end of this training, students will be certified in the use of force in accordance with Atlantic Police Academy Standards.
Course Code: COROFF-4005
This course will provide students with many of the practical skills that are required of a Correctional Officer. Students will be required to perform various security related duties as part of their routine. At the end of this course, students will be thoroughly familiar with the laws and regulations surrounding searches, as well as methods of conducting searches, preservation of evidence and protection of the crime scene.
Course Code: COROFF-4011
This course is designed to expose students to a crisis management process within a correctional setting. The training will introduce students to the processes involved in identifying, preparing for, and managing crisis situations in a correctional facility.
Course Code: COROFF-4021
This course will provide students with enhanced driving skills necessary for working in law enforcement situations. The course will cover defensive driving skills, controlled responses, skid control techniques, and emergency stopping techniques.
Course Code: COROFF-4026
Ethics and Professionalism
The purpose of this course is to examine and practice ethical and professional behaviors that will prepare students for making ethical choices in law enforcement careers. Students will be required to produce and follow a personal code of ethics. Students will be required to exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the expectations of industry and the public.
Course Code: COROFF-4032
This course consists of specialized firearms safety, marksmanship and tactics. At the end of this course students will be skilled in firearms safety and will be prepared to use a 12 GA. shotgun and bean bag guns in various situations. Students will also be certified in the use of conducted energy weapons (taser).
Course Code: COROFF-4036
Fitness and Lifestyle
In this course students will learn to assess their fitness level and techniques for improving it. This course is strictly physical conditioning at a pace set out by the instructor and the student. The ultimate goal is for the student to successfully complete the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT).
Course Code: COROFF-4040
Human Relations and Psychology
This course is an introduction to the discipline of psychology with an emphasis on practical issues in Corrections. Students will learn to apply basic psychological concepts including scientific methods, the biological basis of behaviour, perception, states of consciousness, learning, motivation and theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on the causes and consequences of human behaviour including abnormal behaviour. Students will apply this knowledge of psychology to develop confidence, understand themselves and others, improve skills in interpersonal relationships and enhance personal communication. The CAPRA model of problem solving is an integral part of this course.
Course Code: COROFF-4045
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a substantial overview of the correctional system in Canada as a part of the Criminal Justice system. Students will become familiar with the path of justice from arrest to sentencing and the administration of the sentence. They will be made aware of the impact of sentencing alternatives on the prison environment as well as the process for release and supervision. Students will also learn about the case management process and the role of the entry level correctional officer in the case management family. Students will become familiar with programming opportunities for offenders and the role of the correctional officer in ensuring compliance with programming requirements of offenders. Students will learn about the life of an offender and the challenges they face.
Course Code: COROFF-4056
This course will examine the Canadian Criminal Justice system including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC), and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Students will become familiar with the impact of the various acts and regulations on the correctional environment. Students will learn to apply their powers as a peace officer in a correctional environment.
Course Code: COROFF-4060
On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides students with an opportunity to put into practice and enhance the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. In addition, students may gain new skills and knowledge. Students are expected to complete the duties assigned to them by the On-the-Job placement site.
Course Code: COROFF-4066
Workplace Health and Safety
In this course students will learn about those situations and environmental issues that may have an impact on personal health and safety. Specific topics that will be covered include: officer safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), fire suppression systems, use of self contained breathing apparatus, infectious diseases and harms reduction.
Course Code: COROFF-4071
This course is designed for self motivated adult learners to improve writing skills. Students will develop their writing skills by having their writing evaluated in a variety of assignments. Students will use word processing software to write reports. Students will develop skills in syntax, grammar, and punctuation.
Course Code: COROFF-4076
Direct Supervision Housing Unit Management
In this course learners will learn how to run a direct supervision housing unit. Upon completion of this course learners will be able to plan and organize the day-to-day functioning of a direct supervision housing unit including inmate and officer safety and managing inmate behavior. Learners will acquire the skills to become a leader within the unit.
Course Code: COROFF-4081
Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005