Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy - Detention
This 80 hour academy is held in conjunction with JCPA - Probation. Participants from the detention and probation fields will attend the first week together to increase networking between the two services. For week two, the groups will separate to attend different training.
The Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy for Detention Officers is designed to train corrections personnel responsible for the care, custody, and safety of youth in county facilities. This training is intended to provide corrections personnel with the knowledge and skills to provide care and rehabilitation services in a community or residential setting to youth involved in the Washington State Juvenile Justice System. Course topics will include, but are not limited to,
- Current trends in juvenile justice
- Overview of the WA Model for Juvenile Justice
- Behavioral health and resiliency for adolescents
- Understanding diverse communities: Cultural competence
- Gender specific issues
- Personal safety: Defense and escape techniques
- Legal aspect of force
- Restraints (week two)
- Control/defensive tactics (week two)
- Cell search (week two)
- Behavior management (week two)
In order to attend JCPA - Detention, participants must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT). PAT will occur generally two weeks after selection for a class, and two weeks prior to the start of class.
Agencies, participants, and prospective applicants can view the PAT requirements here.
The Legislature has continued the mandated 25% cost share for the Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation.
View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.
Who can attend our classes?
JCPA Detention is intended for all corrections employees working with adjudicated youth in Washington State whose primary job function is the care, custody, safety, security, supervision, and counseling of youth in Detention.
A detailed list of academy equipment required will be distributed to participants after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT). This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the participant's JCPA application.
It is the agency's responsibility to provide their participant with the equipment needed.
Training Officers: If you require a list of equipment in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.
A detailed list of uniform requirements for the duration of the academy will be distributed to participants after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT). This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the participant's JCPA application.
It is the agency's responsibility to provide their participants with the uniforms needed.
Training Officers: If you would like a list of uniform requirements in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.
The JCPA must be completed all full time corrections employees of a city/county of the state of Washington that fall under WAC 139-10-210. The academy must be completed within six months of hire.
Mandated agencies: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad
Non mandated agencies: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.
JCPA classes are typically held 0800 to 1700 Monday through Friday.
The number of JCPA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding. The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.
Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice. Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.
- View our 2021 Fiscal Year class schedule.
CancellationAgency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.
To register an applicant for JCPA, the forms below must be completed and submitted together. Partial applications will not be accepted, and will not serve as a placeholder for a class.
Applicants will be placed into the next available slot on a first come, first serve basis. In order to stay in compliance with the six month completion mandate, it is in the agency's best interest to submit a complete application packet upon hire.
Completed application packets must be emailed to the registrar at email@example.com.
Course information will be emailed to training officers on selection day for each academy. Training officers are responsible for ensuring their applicants receive the information.