Basic Correctional Officer Academy

The Basic Correctional Officer Academy of the Alaska Department of Corrections is a six-week curriculum that prepares a candidate to become certified as a Correctional 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 Correctional Officer. A partial list of topics covered includes: department policies, communications, civil law, first aid/CPR, defensive tactics, firearms (shotgun), officer survival, searches, and restraints.

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) and the Taser device will be applied to part of their body if they so choose. The training culminates with scenario-based role-play training in actual correctional facilities. Candidates must pass each phase of the academy (explained above) in order to be eligible for certification as a Correctional Officer.

The successful candidate is a mature individual, who is drawn to public service, particularly in the area of public protection. 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/Palmer area will be housed in a local hotel during the academy. For more information about the Alaska Department of Corrections' Training Academy, visit their website.