|Your Opportunity to School a Fish|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Do you remember when your first day in corrections? You might have been regarded as green, fresh meat, red tag, or fish. The name fish is appropriate in this setting as one who is as new as to be easily caught. That is why mentoring is so important. The fewer fish that are caught, the larger the pool of effective staff and the better the safety.
Flash forward to today. You have all of your experience to back up your well-earned knowledge. You feel comfortable as one can be without being complacent. You are a seasoned, security-conscious corrections professional. During the middle of a routine day, a sergeant marches ten new recruits into your area of control. She asks if you have any advice for your new colleagues.
What do you tell the green staff? Some ideas follow:
It is your opportunity to school a fish. And it is very simple to do. Let us start with this as a classroom exercise:
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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