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Training is usually one of the key factors a sheriff, corrections administrator or officer must be able to defend when something goes wrong.  Thus, training is a critical component to make jails operationally safe and secure.  While some states unfortunately do not require any jail training for staff whatsoever, the statutory keeper of the jail is certainly responsible in cases of deliberate indifference and liability to prove the staff is trained and aware of duties, responsibilities, policy and procedure within the jail.  Sadly, jail training in most areas of the country is hard to come by for most agencies. And in many cases, the content is not based on case law but rather on the experience of the presenter alone.  This poses potential issues in subjectivity and possible presenter biases that could result in weak liability defense.  To access the best jail training taught by experts in the field is usually costly because one agency can rarely justify the cost of travel.  The goal of the National Institute for Jail Operations is to connect your agency with the nation’s best jail experts and trainers on an affordable budget.

In-Demand Issues and Training Topics.

The National Institute for Jail Operations has the ears of the sheriffs and jail administrators.  By keeping pulse with the hottest issues facing our jails, the focus can remain on important training topics yet remain flexible to adapt the training based on those who are requesting it using a unique operational model.  If your agency is interested in hosting regional or national training Contact Us for details.  There are many resources available to assist with the implementation of specific training, the development and assistance of jail training academies and multiple training sessions, for example.

Quality Presenters.

The Institute for Jail Operations conducts extensive research and post-training surveys to ensure instructors base their presentation on updated case law and are familiar with the operations of jails specifically (rather than law enforcement or other outside subsidiary or support organizations). If you are interested in becoming an instructor for the National Institute for Jail Operations, Contact Us.


When considering strained budgets, administrators need a variety of options. Accessibility, travel, lodging and overtime are all factors that limit the level of quality training accessible to jail staff. The National Institute for Jail Operations offers a variety of affordable training taught by the best instructors available. For some agencies, the online training may be the best fit given their location. Others may prefer to attend or host a regional training given the demand or need for a specific training topic.