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YCSO Detention Academy cadets perform prisoner scenario

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Wednesday morning, Yuma County Sheriff's Office Detention School cadets worked through inmate scenarios inside the jail.

The role of the prisoner is played by an officer who is an instructor at the academy.

Detention cadets experienced a series of real-world scenarios that they may encounter here at the prison during their daily duties.

“It started with verbal abuse and things like that, and then there was a little bit of that, basically just fists flying. So that's something that we have to encounter on a daily basis,” YCSO Detention. Cadet H. Lopez said.

“In the event of a use-of-force situation, they have a way to contact the inmate so they don't have to do so. And more importantly, they can call for assistance,” said YCSO Public Affairs Specialist Tania Pavrak said. .

This is just one of many exercises cadets undergo during an eight-week training academy that combines education and physical fitness.

“Wrestling, boxing, learning, basically how to protect yourself, interpersonal communication skills, pepper spray and OC spray, I think it’s a lot of fun,” Lopez said.

The role of a detention officer is to carry out security duties of moderate difficulty in the transportation, care and welfare of prisoners.

The Detention Officer Training Academy is a joint venture between the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Western College to fill police officer vacancies at the Yuma County Detention Center.

“I hope this becomes my career field. Use this not as a stepping stone but to further my career path with them here. That’s what I’m looking forward to.” ,” Lopez said.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office continues to hire detention officers. Please click. here Apply.

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