- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Twenty-three correctional officers are wrapping up their three-week, 120-hour training program, the Minot Daily News reported . 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 that included full-time monitoring. The order followed an investigation into the October 2014 death of inmate Dustin Irwin. The investigation revealed various jail compliance violations, including failure to train staff.

Ward County Sheriff Bob Barnard said the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has discontinued providing courses, prompting agencies to seek other options. He said the program has also served to train the department of corrections’ staff.

“I am glad they have enough faith in us to see we are doing so well they can send their people to us,” Barnard said.

The more than two year monitoring of Ward County Jail ended July 31 after the department of corrections determined the jail had improved substantially since the 2014 findings.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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