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TCAT offers first criminal justice course

Staff report

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.—The Tennessee Board of Regents, at its regular meeting on June 21, approved TCAT Elizabethton offering its first course in criminal justice.
College President Dean Blevins said the course, for jailers and guards, is being offered in response to requests from law enforcement officials in the region.
The course will be taught at the Herman Robinson Extension Campus, located at 1500 Arney Street in Elizabethton.
According to Blevins, the curriculum consists of a broad range of topics designed to equip jailers and guards with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining
order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary.
“We plan to offer the course in September 2019 provided there are a sufficient number of students enrolled,” Blevins said.
This training, provides students with knowedge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive
tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations, personal development, and worker characteristics, among other items.
Students, who complete the first trimester, 432 clock hours of study, will receive a Correctional Officer
Apprentice Certificate.
If students complete the trimesters, totaling 864 clock hours of study, they will receive a Master
Correctional Officer Certificate. Classes will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday in Building One at 1500 Arney Street in Elizabethton.
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