LOMPOC, Calif. - Allan Hancock College's CORE Custody Academy was developed in part to meet the demand for custody deputies and officers in county and city jails.
Recruits for CORE Custody Academy Class #03 participated in a graduation ceremony Thursday morning at the AHC Public Safety Training Facility on the Lompoc campus.
The CORE Custody Academy is an intensive, six week, 220 hour program that prepares recruits for one of the most challenging jobs in law enforcement.
"Public scrutiny of law enforcement and corrections is at an all-time high", said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown who gave the commencement address, "the training you received is as good as it gets and it will prepare you for the demands that you will face ahead."
Basic training includes the different phases of custody and care of prisoners.
Instruction includes emergency planning in a custody facility, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, classification of inmates, contraband, arrest and control, physical training, CPR/First Aid and emergency vehicle operations.
Recruits are academically and physically challenged and faced with solving complex problems in a stressful, disciplined and structured environment.
"Corrections is a difficult business, you deal with some rough customers who at times will be dishonest, defiant and disrespectful, they will sometimes disobey, misbehave and they will attempt to push your buttons", Sheriff Brown told the graduates, "you will need healthy doses of self-discipline, compassion, patience and courage."
Some of the graduates will find jobs at the new Santa Barbara County North County Jail due to open in 2018.
"Never forget that you have the opportunity to be an integral part of changing, for the better, the thinking, the attitudes, the behaviors and the futures of the of the inmates who are committed to your care", Sheriff Brown said.
The Allan Hancock College CORE Custody Academy is designed to satisfy requirements from the State of California Standards and Training for Corrections (STC).