Kansas Jail Training Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

What topics will be covered during the training?

Training Topics Officer Responsibilities & Offender Supervision

  • Code of Conduct
  • Survival Mindset
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Gender Responsive Issues
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Games Inmates Play / Staff-Offender Relations
Officer Responsibilities & Offender Management
  • Booking and Intake: Booking Info, Screening for Risk, Bail, Personal Property, DNA, Changeout
  • Classification Management: Pre-classification; Purpose; Reclassification
  • Inmate Rules and Regulations
  • Inmate Discipline: Major, Minor and Informal Restrictions
  • Inmate Communication: Telephone, Visitation, Mail
  • Food Services and Commissary
Searches, Security & Use of Force
  • Basis and Manner of Inmate Searches
  • Facility Searches
  • Maintaining Safety and Security: Checks, Contraband Control and Head Counts, Key and Tool Control
  • Use of Force - Using Restraints
  • Use of Force - Basic Self Defense Correctional Law
    • First and Fourth Amendment
    • Sixth Amendment - Access to Courts and Counsel
    • Eighth Amendment - Duty to Protect
    • Deliberate Indifference: 1983 Lawsuits
    • Inmate Grievances
    • Documentation and Report Writing
    Critical Incidents; Managing the Mentally Ill, Special Needs, (PC) Inmates
    • Critical Incidents, Disturbances and Riots / Hostage Situation and Negotiation
    • Managing the Mentally Ill Population: Mental Health History, Issues in Jails, Liability, Suicide, De-Escalation, Officer Self Care
    • Special Needs (Protective Custody) Inmates
    * All training curriculum and material to be approved by NIJO and in accordance with the Kansas Legal-Based Jail Guidelines.

How do I register?

Registration for the Kansas Jail Training Academy is easy and it's all online. To register, simply click on the red "register" button for the training session you would like to attend, then fill out the form and submit payment.

What does tuition cost cover?

The tuition fees ($500/person) for the Kansas Jail Training Academy covers:

  • Five full days of legal-based training taught by NIJO instructors
  • Lodging at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy
  • Meals each day
  • Course Completion Certificate

How do I get nationally certified through NIJO?

The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) developed their Professional Certification Program in response to the need to provide a respected national certification for individuals looking for a process that involves legal-based curriculum by an organization which supports and defends their agencies’ worthy goals and objectives. NIJO Professional Certification is a professional designation – earned not issued – for sheriffs, administrators, supervisors and line-level officers who have demonstrated they possess the requisite understanding, knowledge, skills, experience and abilities to function to a specific level. The following levels are offered:

  • National Certified Corrections Executive (NCCE)
  • National Certified Corrections Supervisor (NCCS)
  • National Certified Corrections Officer (NCCO)
Since the KJTA curriculum is being developed and maintained by NIJO, it has been approved by the NIJO Certification Board as “NIJO approved” toward NIJO National Certification for officers. Those that pass the tests provided at KJTA will earn dual credit hours that can be applied toward NIJO certification. Some hours will be classified as "required" and others as "elective" depending on the subject. It is estimated that a KJTA graduate can earn up to 30 hours of approved credit that can be applied toward NIJO Certification during KJTA. (Note that while the KJTA is 40 hours total, there will be lunch breaks and other allocated time that will not be counted as part of the earned certification hours. The exact amount of hours must be calculated based on the classroom agenda.) It is the responsibility of each officer (or agency if they choose to be engaged in the process) to pay for the cost of certification and earn any additional credit hours to achieve certification. To get started just click here

Why is it important for the training to be legal-based?

Qualified immunity, good-faith defense depends on knowing and complying with clearly established law – not BEST PRACTICES. “Best practices” are often quoted as a feel-good answer to justify administrative policies and positions; however, the highest courts of the land have openly disagreed. In order to address the need for correctional facilities to remain current with and keep updated to the law, Legal-Based Guidelines™ have been created, developed and are maintained by renowned corrections expert, Gary W. DeLand (DeLand & Associates), which NIJO fully and exclusively promulgates. Approximately 16 sections comprise 630-640 guidelines to assist administrators with specific operational and policy driven areas including hot topics of use of force, suicide, religion, inmate mail, searches, classification and suicide. The guidelines are written uniquely to contain the text of each guideline, Rationale statements, Compliance statements and Annotation references. All training provided by NIJO is centered and built around the Legal-Based Jail Guidelines specific to Kansas case law and state statutes. To find out more about utilizing the Kansas Legal-Based Guidelines in your facility, contact NIJO.

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