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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day in the Life of a CDCR academy sergeant

Inside CDCRThey are responsible for ensuring California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officers get the training they need to perform the important job of keeping themselves, fellow officers, and inmates safe inside one of the nation’s largest correctional systems.

They’re the instructors at CDCR’s Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center and right now, they’re busy with the newest crop of CDCR cadets and potential future instructors.

There is a constant rotation of cadet classes, some just beginning training, some in the middle, and some close to reaching the ultimate goal of the 16-week program — graduation.

Not only do the academy sergeants instruct new recruits, but they also train and re-train current CDCR officers.

Academy sergeants have to be dedicated, punctual, and reliable. The scheduling of the courses is a daunting task, as evidenced by the multi-colored charts that fill two walls inside one of the academy’s offices.

Once an academy sergeant is assigned a course, it’s time to put the knowledge to work. Some of the 52 courses include tactical simulations, firing range, and various classroom-based courses.

Today, Delta Company is being led through the academy by Company Commander, Sgt. Chance Andes. He’s in charge of the 30 cadets, and it’s clear he’s dedicated to seeing them all succeed.

From the beginning of Delta Company’s training, Sgt. Andes has encouraged the cadets to take leadership and form camaraderie. continue reading...

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