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Are Criminals More Violent?

February 16th, 2010

c5f9cd4966dc3c96Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall succumbed to injuries sustained when he was severely beaten by three juvenile inmates at the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center.  Officer Wall was conducting bed checks when the three inmates attacked him and took his keys. When another officer came to check on Officer Wall, the inmates attacked him too, inflicting non-life threatening injuries.

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Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, Mental Preperation

Deviance and Corruption

January 28th, 2010

1d08f06d46e6a490Corrections and law enforcement work by its very nature involves the slippery slope or the potential for gradual deterioration of social-moral inhibitions and perceived sense of permissibility for deviant conduct. In fact, the whole unspoken “dark” side of criminal justice work involves putting up with conditions that are at less than usual comfort levels. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Misconduct / Curruption

Verbalization De-escalation Grid

January 28th, 2010

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dfca0a019bc86e40You should always attempt to gain voluntary compliance through selected verbal strategies.  However, your personal safety is the highest priority.  Your initial verbalization to an aggressive individual should be to slow down the conflict event.  Attempt to calm the individual and give them clear directions and attempt to explain your actions if the event allows.  Redirect the individual’s anger to the past.  Utilize L.E.A.P.S. (Listen, Empathize, Ask, Paraphrase, Summarize) “We can work this out,” “We can come up with a solution,”  “John, stop and think about how this will turn out later.”  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, use of force

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

January 27th, 2010

c740fd10a0ffc144During my many years involved in law enforcement I have responded to thousands of domestic related incidents and been involved in countless family and live in partner mediations.  Calls of this nature are just a part of being a police officer.  Even police officers or correctional officers that cannot maintain a stable home environment for themselves and respond and perform outstandingly when called upon to mediate a dispute.  I have seen incidents from family arguments to an aggravated assault in which the husband struck his wife in the mouth with a hammer, resulting in perminate disfigurement to the female.  I hope that the following provides information that will assist you in your life from becoming a victim of domestic violence and assists you in recognizing behaviors exhibited by batterers.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Test For Smart People

January 27th, 2010

This is a test for Smart People…..I have determined that you qualify. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Leadership / Management

WHEN GOD MADE CORRECTION OFFICERS

January 23rd, 2010

When the Lord was creating CORRECTION OFFICERS, he was into his sixth day of 16 hour overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”  And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Leadership / Management

Motivation Through Quotes

January 10th, 2010

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Thinking Errors Defined

January 9th, 2010

6b4477230550e6aaI got a lot of response to my initial article on criminal thinking errors requesting more information of the errors as defined.  Well here are the criminal thinking errors defined and I hope they will assist you in understanding the personalities of the inmates you work with.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Gang Clothing

January 9th, 2010

ce6253b42603e912Professional and college sports teams clothing worn by street gangs.  The following information is an indicator as to how many gang members are using popular sports clothing to represent their individual gangs. Both professional and college teams are represented. It should be noted that the sporting of clothing does not always signify gang affiliation. This list was compiled to make the reader aware of possible gang involvement. It should also be noted that street gangs have become aware of the fact that law enforcement uses the wearing of colors as an indicator of gang involvement. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Gang Information, Hot Tips

Four (4) Types of Correctional Violence

December 27th, 2009

96bac6249d0b7008When an officer recognizes the type of violence he is facing, he can customize his tactics for de-escalating it on the spot. By taking a general strategy and customizing it to specific tactics, he meets the needs of the moment. In doing this he greatly increases the odds of the situation being resolved without violence.   However, not all situations can be resolved non-violently as some may preach.  An inmate may want you to place your hands on them for various reasons one being; they think you can’t take them.  Though we always attempt to resolve situations without violence and attempt to gain voluntary compliance we have to understand the environment we work in and that violence, intimidation and pain are a reality.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Mental Preperation, use of force