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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Bureau of Staff Development

Michael A. Berg
Bureau Chief
(850) 487-2875
SunCom 277-2875

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The Bureau of Staff Development is responsible for the research, design, development, and delivery of training to all department employees. The bureau ensures that the department's training meets the regulatory compliance requirements of Congressional Laws, Florida Statutes, Administrative Rules, and standards of the American Correctional Association. In addition to these outside regulatory agencies, the department must also comply with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) training requirements. The department's 19,000 Correctional Officers and Correctional Probation Officers are certified and governed by CJSTC. The Florida Department of Corrections comprises the Region XVI Training Council of CJSTC and has the largest number of training centers in the state with 45 satellite training sites.

Through the reorganization of the Bureau of Staff Development, former satellite training sites have been reduced to 22 cluster training sites serving employees in all seven Service Center areas. The Bureau of Staff Development directs and oversees all CJSTC trust fund appropriations for applicable training activities throughout the department.

Accomplishments in FY 1998-99

  • Completed development of standardized lesson plans for all mandatory courses required for regulatory compliance. This provides uniform instruction and performance objectives for all required training.

  • Researched, designed, and developed standardized curriculum for identified areas determined from needs assessments and program audits. Courses included in these areas were Supervision of Female Offenders, Extended Day Program for Youthful Offenders, Supervision of Youthful Offenders, Visitation Park Training for Officers, Crime Scene Preservation/Evidence Gathering, and Suicide Prevention.
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