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Collective Excellence: Building Effective Teams (Click here to see book on
QUOTE: "The word team may be defined as a group of people, each with different skills and often with different tasks, who work together toward a common project, service, or goal with a meshing of their functions and with mutual support."

QUESTION: How does a diverse array of coursework/experiences allow a student/individual to have a much greater world view?

ANSWER: If your spread your coursework/experiences out over different disciplines/subjects you will have a much wider knowledge base and will understand people, cultures and situations better. Having assumed different roles and responsibilities in life will broaden your experiences and allow you to be a better teammate or well-rounded individual.

EXAMPLE:: I worked as a Special Education instructional Aide for the academic year of 2007-2008 while my application with the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections was processed. Having worked with special needs children most of my life, even before becoming an Instructional Aide, my experiences doing so allowed me to perform my duties with higher efficiency. Inmates can all be classified as individuals with specials needs, possibly different kinds of needs, but special needs none the less.


Nevada Peace Officer In-service Training

Scenes From My Life

At work in the maximum security prison facility

Connecticut Department of Corrections Academy Graduation, December, 2008


Sworn Peace Officer, State of Nevada, 2011

Quarterly Qualifying Target
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Quarterly Firearms Qualifications
  • Handgun Manipulation
  • OC Spray
  • Taser
  • Use of Force
Connecticut Department of Corrections Academy
(Testable Units, 92.5% Average on all tests)
  • Basic Security Skills
  • Behavior management &OC Exposure
  • Contraband Control
  • Cross Gender Supervision
  • D.O.C. Mission Statement & PRIDE/SOAR
  • Disciplinary Supervision
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Ethics & Conduct
  • Hostage Survival
  • Infectious Disease
  • Inmate Con games
  • Inmate Supervision
  • Inmate Transportation
  • IPC Skills
  • Legal Issues in Corrections
  • Mail Procedures
  • PREA
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Prison Environment
  • Employee Conduct When Interacting with Inmate Population
  • Degrees of Over Familiarity
  • Professionalism in Corrections
  • Radio Procedures
  • Report Writing
  • Security Risk Groups
  • Special Management Inmates
  • Suicide Intervention
  • Supervising Mentally Ill Inmates
  • Supervising the Female Offender
  • Understanding the Criminal Mind
  • Visiting Procedures
  • Workplace Violence

(Non-testable Units)

  • Affirmative Action
  • Addiction Services Overview
  • AHA Heartsaver/AED Certification
  • Classification Overview
  • Commissioner’s/Directors Address
  • Cultural; Diversity
  • Decision Making
  • Drug testing Overview
  • Education Services Overview
  • First Aid
  • N-95/TB Mask Fit
  • Physical  Training
  • Processing/Rules/Regulations
  • Public Safety EAP
  • Religion in Corrections
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Working in jails and Prisons On-the Job Training
  • Video Camera Procedures

Video Segment: Code Orange Response
This is a video of a response to a Code Orange (attack on staff) at Corrigan Radgowski Correctional Institution that I took part in. The inmate used the Freedom of Information act to gain possession of this video and posted it on YouTube in hopes that it would help him in his frivolous lawsuit.

I don't appear in the video till 14:40, but I was enlisted to work an additional 8 hours as the inmate's Q-15 watch, meaning I toured the unit the inmate was housed in every 15 minutes to ensure his safety and well being in the medical unit. In doing this, I used everything I learned in the academy and proved that I can be relied on as a team player.


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