The Bureau of Corrections (BOC) announces that five cadets will be attending the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. There the five cadets (three from St. Thomas and two from St. Croix) will be traveling to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) Correctional Officer Training Academy on March 19th to begin their three week intensive training.

The cadets will receive training in several areas including Firearms, Ethics, Inmate Discipline, Hostage Situations, Inmate Suicide, Managing Suicidal Inmates, Gangs in Prison and many more. The cadets will train alongside other correctional professionals in the nation. When they return to the territory, the cadets will continue their training with the Virgin Islands Police Department to attain their Peace Officer status.

Although this is the second group of officers to attend the FBOP training, this will be the first class in which the curriculum is POST approved. The partnership with the FBOP has made it possible to secure reoccurring training slots and builds on the BOC’s strategic plan to ensure training is a central part of operations in the territory.