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    I'm in the process of testing for a corrections position with a county sheriff department. So far it seems I'm doing pretty well but I'll find out more this coming week whether I passed the second oral interview, which means I'll be moving on to the psych testing portion of the process. Anyway I'm wondering if someone could tell me a little about the corrections training academy. I know it's 5 weeks long, and assuming I make it that far, I'm to stay there all week and then can come home on weekends. But aside from that I don't know much about it. How much running and other forms of PT do cadets/recruits do? What time of day does PT usually take place (I normally work out in the early or late afternoons)? What's the food like? When does the day start and end? What are the DI's like or how military-like is the atmosphere? I'm really looking forward to being a part of it, but like I said I don't have much information about the academy itself.

    Thanks....

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    to the best of my knowledge there are three BCO's (basic correctional officer) schools. Sagamamon county, dupage county, and peoria county. I am speaking on behalf of sagamon county (springfield). There is no PT. About the only pt you do is a week in firearms. And doing drills with a .45 gets a little old. You stay in a motel with the view being a power plant and a couple of steam stacks. It is 90% classroom. It is very relaxed teaching atmosphere. You get food vouchers worth $10. you get to leave early friday afternoon and return sunday night before 2200.

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    • #3
      Are you kidding?? No PT??? This is a joke, right

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      • #4
        Originally posted by towanda View Post
        Are you kidding?? No PT??? This is a joke, right
        There is no PT requirement for C.O.'s There are at least two other academies that were not mentioned. PTI at Champaign / Urbana has a corrections and St.Clair County has one, too. It is academic, not physical.
        “This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

        George V. Higgins--The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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        • #5
          Geez, I can't believe there is no physical fitness requirement for CO's. We deal with the same people that the cops do, in a locked down environment no less. I go for my psych test on 7-17-07, so I've made it this far in the process. Are the food vouchers $10 per meal or per day? Is there a diner or something on site or do you take the vouchers somewhere else? What is the name of the motel? Does it have a fitness center? If selected, I'd be going to DuPage for training on July 30th. Sorry for the questions....I'm just trying to find out as much as I can.

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          • #6
            Yeah there is PT in the academy I will hopefully be joining. You actually have to take a PT test to get in and then the numbers increase. If it's 35 pushups in minute it goes up to like 45-50. Something like that.

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            • #7
              So, which is it....PT or no (very little) PT for corrections officer academy? Maybe I should mention that I'm not going to the academy for Cook County. Not sure if that makes any difference or not. I'm inclined to listen to those who have already been in the academy, especially recently. I'm able to meet the entry requirements for PT with no problem. I'm just curious about how much PT there is and what other's experience has been.

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              • #8
                I know some folks that have gone through the PTI academy @ DuPage...they told me there is no PT whatsoever. Just have do pass the "IDOC" PT test prior to entry...

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                • #9
                  Depending on what County you will be with you will go to whatever academy they like to use, and what ever is available.

                  I went to PTI for BCO through Dupage 2 years ago, and i used to work for McHenry County as a CO. There is VERY LITTLE if ANY PT time. The most PT we got was during PPCT and Firearms, and even that was some what of a joke. Apparently the state thinks that CO's dont have to be in any kind of shape to do the job. There was an entrance test to get hired, but that varies by county, and will be the only "PT" exam you will be required to take in order to graduate.

                  Now Cook County's academy? Thats a whole other ball game. I wish we could have went through them.

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                  • #10
                    What's the PPCT?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by towanda View Post
                      What's the PPCT?
                      Pressure Point Control Tactics: Subject control and handcuffing.

                      http://www.ppctresearch.com/
                      “This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

                      George V. Higgins--The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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                      • #12
                        Ya know, if you are really bent on doing PT in a corrections academy, come up to Cook County. Our academy is 12 weeks, but we get to do PT almost every day, and the days we don't, we more than make up for later. As far as Foirearms, we don't do any regulated PT - and compared to the rest of the time, holding a weapon was nothing. The only problems were the following week, because we hadn't done anything for a while, so they 'showed' us what we were missing.
                        Think about it, we could always use an extra 'willing' participant.

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                        • #13
                          I was going to apply to CCDOC, but it's a 2 hour drive one way. No can do. I'm not necessarily "bent" on doing hard core PT, but I do feel that being in decent shape is an important part of the training process (and ongoing fitness) for corrections. I just wondered what the PT phase of trainig was like and was very surprised that there is very little or no PT focus in the academy.

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                          • #14
                            no pt in the sangamon class.However they do get you access to the gym a mile or so away....... Why have recruits come in and do 5 weeks of pt if they aren't going to continue it before and after the academy. Make it important to you,hit the gym when you can and make a commitment to yourself to stay in decent shape for your career. What kind of shape you're in isn't going to help you pass the state test.

                            Stay in shape for yourself,and to stay on top of your game in your job.


                            my .02

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                            • #15
                              Is there any emphasis on PT in the academy in DuPage? Assuming I get in this round of hiring, I'd either be going to DuPage or Peoria or Sangamon.

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