Our Correctional Staff
Correctional Officer Academies
Ensuring that our facilities are staffed with prepared, professional, and well-trained employees is a priority. New Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer recruits complete training as part of our Correctional Officer Academy. Training consists of classroom, practical, and field activities and exercises that prepare our recruits to operate capably, safely, and humanely in the Adult Detention Center.
We believe public safety agencies should reflect the communities they serve, and we demonstrate that belief in our recruitment and hiring practices. Our Adult Detention Center is the first jail facility in the State of Minnesota to be staffed by a majority of members who represent diverse populations.
In an concerted effort to establish a better work/life balance for correctional staff, who historically worked schedules that permitted only one weekend off every five weeks, we implemented an innovative new schedule. This schedule offers a variety of choices to our staff to ensure their careers are also balanced with time for family, friends, education, and personal endeavors. The schedule also ensures that the Adult Detention Center remains fully staffed on all shifts.
In response to a nationwide and local surge in opioid abuse and overdoses, we implemented a training program for correctional staff in the use and administration of Narcan, an opioid antidote. Narcan is now quickly available to render aid to recent arrivals in our jail and to prevent potential overdose deaths.