Meridian - Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is proud to announce that Juvenile Detention Academy Class #28 graduated during a ceremony this morning at the POST Academy in Meridian. The ceremony for began at 11:00 a.m.
The 16 graduates of the three-week academy represent 7 out of the 12 county juvenile detention centers
throughout the state. Academy students have instruction in the following areas:
- Juvenile Justice System & Juvenile Detention Standards
- Adolescent Development & Children’s Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention
- Effective Supervision and Teamwork
- Appropriate Use of Force
- Security Management
- Substance Abuse
- Communication Skills and Professional Boundaries
- Legal and Liability Topics
- Scenario Based Trainings
During the ceremony the graduates were addressed by Seth Scott, District 6 Juvenile Detention Center
Administrator, William L. Flink, POST Administrator, POST Training Specialist Marcy Chadwell and Class
Officer in Charge Jason Haines, Bonner County Juvenile Detention Center. The top student award was
presented to Audrey McKay, Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center. Leadership Award was given to
Jason Haines, Bonner County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Scenario Based Training of the Academy includes eight scenarios in which actors are used to create a
situation that a juvenile detention officer would likely deal with while supervising detained juveniles. The
outcome expected is to use the skills learned in the classroom environment to respond effectively to these situations. Examples are:
Communication: Scenario created is a visitation with a parent and juvenile in which the parent and/or juvenile escalate into an argument. The students are required to use their communication skills learned to de-escalate the situation.
Suicide Prevention: Scenario created is a juvenile in a room/cell, appears depressed, may start talking about ending her life. Students are required to used skills learned in suicide prevention to ascertain whether she is a risk, and how much of a risk, as well as whether the juvenile has a plan to commit suicide. One major part of this scenario is whether the student leaves the juvenile alone. If they do, the juvenile has a completed
suicide. This scenario stresses that it is really important to understand they cannot leave a documented suicidal juvenile alone, especially if they have a plan.
Cell Extraction: This is the scenario in which the students use their Appropriate Use of Force to extract a juvenile who is extremely combative and refusing to come out of their cell or room. In this scenario actors are not used, instructors who teach the Appropriate Use of Force course are used as the juveniles as they are well versed in when to comply so no one is injured in the scenario.
All of the scenarios are graded by the actual instructor who teaches that particular course. POST is successful as it uses professionals in the field of each academy from throughout Idaho to teach the courses.
The graduates of Juvenile Detention Academy #28 are as follows:
Genona Afeaki - Snake River Juvenile Detention Center
Andrew Bray - Mini Cassia Juvenile Detention Center
Brian Davis - District 6 Juvenile Detention Center
Brady Frederick - Ada County Juvenile Detention Center
Jason Haines - Bonner County Juvenile Detention Center – Class Officer In Charge
Michelle Johnson - 5-C Juvenile Detention Center
Brian Krous - Bonner County Juvenile Detention Center
Audrey McKay - South West Idaho Juvenile Detention Center
Kassie Mitchell - Ada County Juvenile Detention Center
Kenneth Murdoch - 5-C Juvenile Detention Center
Sophia Peterson - District 6 Juvenile Detention Center
Anthony Rickard - District 6 Juvenile Detention Center
Robyn Sabins - Snake River Juvenile Detention Center
Rachel Shryock - District 6 Juvenile Detention Center
Kenyon Walsh - Ada County Juvenile Detention Center
Joseph Wilson - Snake River Juvenile Detention Center