Intense training for new correctional officers

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – As a month-long training program winds down for eight new Winnebago County Correctional Officers, trainers are putting their new officers under the most intense situations.

Trainers say on one of the last days of the program, they want to increase the intensity for officers, putting them on defense when dealing with inmates. Trainers say using the shock knife or teaching the officers to respond quickly will help them better prepared once they are working inside the jail and while they say Tuesday’s exercises may look intense they want to make sure officers are prepared for any situation.

“When they have to make very tough decisions, with very limited amounts of information, in very short periods of time; so that’s kind of what we are trying to prep these guys for and the only way you can really do that is to kind of put them in the pressure cooker a little bit in a safe environment like this where we can control it,” says Sgt. Bryce Franck with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

The training is all part of a 4-week program for new corrections officers.