The Basic Probation Officer Academy of the Alaska Department of Corrections is a
six-week curriculum that prepares a candidate to become certified as a Probation
Officer under Alaska Police Standards Council regulations.
The academy covers the skills and knowledge base an officer needs to effectively
and safely perform the duties of a Probation Officer. A partial list of topics
covered includes: department policies, communications, civil law, case management,
community placements, defensive tactics, firearms, officer survival, searches,
The curriculum includes a variety of instructional methods and environments, with an
emphasis on practical, hands-on training. To that end, candidates should be aware
that during the academy they will be sprayed with oleoresin capsicum (OC - pepper
spray). Throughout the academy, students will be exposed to different aspects of the
criminal justice system to include; District Attorney's, Public Defenders and Superior
Court Judges. The training culminates with scenario-based role-play training in which
students are exposed to circumstances they would be exposed to in the field. Candidates
must pass each phase of the academy (explained above) in order to be eligible for
certification as a Probation Officer.
The successful candidate is a mature individual, who is drawn to public service,
particularly in the area of public protection and offender rehabilitation. Potential
Probation Officer candidates need to work with other law enforcement agencies and interact
with the Court and Parole Board orally and in writing. Candidates should be in good
physical shape and have effective interpersonal and communications skills.
The Alaska Department of Corrections Training Academy is located in Palmer, Alaska. It is
not a residential facility. Students from outside the Anchorage and Matsu area will be
housed in a local hotel during the academy.
For more information about the Alaska Department of Corrections' Training Academy, visit
their web site at: Training Academy.