Detention Officer Training Academy

Program Description

The Detention Officer Training Academy program is an introduction to correctional operations: ethics and professionalism, communication, custody and control, conflict and crisis management, problem solving, officer integrity, hostage survival, riot control measures, defensive tactics, CPR/AED for first responders, medical and mental health issues, and field experience. Student must be appointed to the Detention Officer Training Academy either through the Open Enrollment Program or by an Arizona Law Enforcement Agency. Applicants must meet program acceptance requirements.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the basic principles of effective inmate supervision when working in a county jail or correctional facility
  • Identify legal definitions, concepts, and principles to Arizona law enforcement, courts, or correctional settings.
  • Communicate information in a clear and organized manner.
  • Identify the methods used and the purposes of institutional safety and how it relates to the structure and organization of inmate control and supervision.
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in the law enforcement and/or corrections fields and decide on the correct ethical choice.
  • Apply constitutional, statutory, procedural, and case law to real-life correctional situations.
  • Adapt to the diverse and multicultural nature of American society in the correctional setting.
  • Explain the importance of inmate rights and essential services.
  • Demonstrate physical fitness standards
  • Describe and demonstrate initial assessments of injuries and or illness and appropriate first aid procedures
  • Identify and demonstrate defensive tactics according to AZ Post standards
  • Describe and demonstrate the components involved in booking, global, and incident searches.
  • Explain the values and purpose of officer integrity.
  • Identify and demonstrate problem solving skills in simulated hostage situations.
  • Identify and demonstrate problem solving skills in simulated riot situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all correctional operations and processes in a real-world field experience.

Degree(s) / Certificates(s)

Title Local Bachelor's
Detention Officer Training - CERT Occupational Certificate -
Advanced Detention Officer Training - CERT Occupational Certificate -

Career Outlook

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Detention Officer Training Academy program may lead to employment in municipal, state or federal facilities. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages. Some occupations may require additional education or training.

  • Correctional Officers and Jailers - $37,140
  • First Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers - $48,040
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Check the above for additional information.

Contact Information

Faculty/Staff Contact(s)
Name Title Phone Email
Alfonso Zavala Director of Law Enforcement (928) 317-7591