Ben Barber Law and Corrections Student Attends TDCJ Training


Melanie Castellanos is a graduate of Summit High School and was a student in the Ben Barber Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security program of study.  Melanie will be the first female Ben Barber alumna to graduate from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Training Academy.  Training for a Correctional Officer consists of approximately 240 hours of curriculum and administrative instruction, which typically lasts about 5 ½ weeks. Training includes defensive tactics, firearms, chemical agents, CPR, first aid, physical training, non-violent crisis intervention, and standards for use of force.

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