California Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority Correctional Officers' and Supervisors' Assessment of In-Service - 7(k) Training

Miki Vohryzek-Bolden, California State University, Sacramento

In 2000, the California Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) contracted with California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) to conduct a comprehensive review of in-service training (IST/7(k) and on the job training (OJT) for rank and file correctional officers at adult and juvenile institutions, camps and parole regions. The research entailed five primary activities: review available information on IST and OJT; develop and administer an interview schedule for all training officers to solicit input regarding their perceptions of IST and OJT; survey all 7(k) employees to obtain their perceptions of and recommendations for IS and OJT; and conduct selected forcus group interviews with 7(k) employees at CDC and CYA institutions and facilities to gather more detailed and explanatory information regarding 7(k) training This paper will discuss the many findings from the research.

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Updated 05/20/2006