Jail Academy

In the 160-Hour Jail Academy you will learn key concepts and requirements underlying county jail operations and an introduction to the role of the jail officer as a corrections professional. Issues covered include the purposes and goals for county jails, and the role of state and national standards for jail operations. Students will learn about the professional responsibilities of a jail officer. This course will also feature an overview of the curriculum and premises of the basic jail officer training course. This 4-week course is open to both pre-service and hired jail officers and is offered one time per year during the summer.

Curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Principles of Subject Control
  • Maintain Jail Security: Jail Security Techniques
  • Jail Hostage Response
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Admit and Release Inmates
  • Inmate Supervision and Behavior Control
  • Supervision of Special Inmates/Crisis Intervention
  • Ethics
  • Prepare Reports
  • Correctional Law
  • Jail Health Care
  • Jail Fire Safety
  • Application: Scenarios/Simulations and Testing and Evaluation


Completed applications will be reviewed and those chosen will be invited to interview with a panel of law enforcement professionals. Applicants will be required to provide a DJ-LE-332 Physician's Assessment Form to the academy director, at their own expense. Additional fitness and physical screening may be required.

Food and Lodging

Food and lodging during the academy is the responsibility of the recruit. Students needing local housing may obtain this on the UW-Platteville campus or through Southwest Tech's Student Housing.

Pre-service applications can be obtained by contacting Kris Wubben, the Southwest Tech Criminal Justice Coordinator.

Agency hires should complete Form DJ-LE-303 and send a copy to Southwest Tech, Attn: Criminal Justice Coordinator.