MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Correctional officers from eight agencies in North Dakota are working toward their certification through a program created by Ward County to address its own training concerns.
The Minot Daily News reports that 23 correctional officers are wrapping up their three-week, 120-hour training program. It’s the first course to serve a large number of correctional officers from outside agencies. The correctional officers represent agencies in northern North Dakota, from Williston to Grafton.
The program was developed after the state issued an order of noncompliance to the Ward County Jail in December 2014 for violations that included lack of adequate staff training.
Ward County Sheriff Bob Barnard says the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has discontinued providing courses, prompting agencies to seek other options. He says the program has also served to train the department of corrections’ staff.