What type of training does the Parole Division provide to newly hired parole officers?
District Parole Officer new hires attend a comprehensive six-week course at the Parole Officer Training Academy conducted at the TDCJ facilities in Austin. New Institutional Parole Officers receive comprehensive on-the-job training.
The Training Academy curriculum includes administrative responsibilities, division policies and procedures, supervision requirements, techniques for offender supervision and officer safety issues. Basic firearm preparedness, firing range, physical conditioning, and defensive tactics training are included in the curriculum. A tour of a TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division unit is conducted during training. Continued employment for District Parole Officers is contingent on successful completion of the Training Academy. Subsequent training is provided on an ongoing basis.