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Correctional Institutions Division

Correctional Training and Staff Development (CTSD)

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Eric Guerrero

The mission of the Correctional Training and Staff Development Department (CTSD) is to provide practical and relevant cognitive knowledge and skill competency based training services to all agency employees. CTSD training programs prepare our employees to uphold the Core Values: Integrity, Courage, Commitment, and Perseverance as they support and carry out the mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Correctional Training and Staff Development
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: 936-437-8502


Through the development and presentation of quality training programs, CTSD provides correctional staff with opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to thrive in their work environment and to succeed professionally. We believe the term "correctional staff" refers to uniformed and non-uniformed staff alike and our program will be administered and managed under the operational commitment to serve all employees equally. The CTSD Department will be open, ethical, responsive, and accountable to all stakeholders of the agency. We will foster a high-quality and encouraging work environment free of bias and respectful of each individual, and will persevere in our commitment to providing excellent customer service.

There are five programs offered by CTSD:

  1. Pre-Service Training Program-Phase I
  2. In-Service Training Program
  3. Leadership Development Training Program
  4. Specialized Training Program
  5. Ancillary Training Program

Pre-Service Training Program - Phase I, Academy Instruction

CTSD conducted 180 Pre-Service Academies in FY16 and graduated a total of 6,346 participants. Correctional officers and non-uniformed staff received 240 hours of core instruction through the on-site training programs delivered by six regional training academies.

  • Region I - Minnie R. Houston Academy, Huntsville
  • Region II - Beto Academy, Palestine
  • Region III - Ramsey Academy, Rosharon
  • Region IV - Edmundo Mireles Academy, Beeville
  • Region V - Plainview Academy, Plainview
  • Region VI - Hilltop Academy, Gatesville

In addition, special pre-service academies were held at 21 alternative locations to increase community-based training opportunities and broaden the geographical availability of Pre-Service Training. FY16 community-based locations included Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Brazoria, Childress, Colorado City, Dalhart, Dayton, Edinburg, Fort Stockton, Livingston, Lubbock, New Boston, Pampa, Snyder, Wichita Falls, and Woodville. These special programs were responsive to the needs of employees in remote areas and helped address staffing shortages in many of these locationss.

In-Service Training Program

In FY16, CTSD provided 40 hours of annual instruction to 28,299 employees in 1,294 classes conducted across the state at the six regional academies and 26 unit-based locations listed below.

Unit Profiles

  • Allred Unit in Wichita Falls
  • Briscoe Unit in Dilley
  • Choice Moore in Bonham
  • Clements Unit in Amarillo
  • Dalhart Unit in Dalhart
  • Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio
  • Fort Stockton Unit in Fort Stockton
  • Hamilton Unit in College Station
  • Havins Unit in Brownwood
  • Hightower Unit in Dayton
  • Hutchins State Jail in Dallas
  • Jester IV Unit in Richmond
  • Johnston Unit in Winnsboro
  • Jordan Unit in Pampa
  • Lewis Unit in Woodville
  • Lychner State Jail in Humble
  • Middleton Unit in Abilene
  • Roach Unit in Childress
  • Robertson Unit in Abilene
  • Sanchez State Jail in El Paso
  • Sayle Unit in Breckenridge
  • Segovia Unit in Edinburg
  • Telford Unit in New Boston
  • Travis County State Jail in Austin

Three colleges that service the nearby units:

  • Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont
  • Trinity Community Colleges
  • Western Texas College in Snyder

Leadership Development Training Program

The Leadership Development Training Program is comprised of nine courses offered to TDCJ employees in the supervisory positions. In FY16, 1,489 employees received management and leadership training through one or more of the following courses:

  • Principles of Supervision - 20 hours
  • Training for Staff Trainers - 40 hours
  • Leadership Forum - 16 hours
  • Sergeants, Food Service and Laundry Managers Training Academy - 87 hours
  • Lieutenant Academy - 40 hours
  • Correctional Administrator Preparedness Training - 32 hours
  • Majors, Assistant Wardens, and Senior Warden Leadership Training

Specialized Training Program

During FY16, CTSD provided instruction to 4,573 TDCJ employees through a range of specialized courses as outlined below.

  • Armory Custodian Training
  • Close Quarters Combat Training
  • Code-4 Firearms Qualification
  • Correctional Training Forum
  • CPR Instructor Initial Certification
  • CPR Instructor Upgrade
  • Defensive Tactics - Edged Weapons
  • Defensive Tactics - Fundamentals
  • Defensive Tactics - Ground Defense
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Field Officer Training
  • Firearms Competency Demonstration
  • Hostage Negotiation Training
  • Munitions Instructor
  • Munitions Instructor Upgrade
  • Pepperball Applicator Qualification
  • Smith & Wesson® M&P™ Certification
  • Training for Staff and Trainers
  • Wardens Annual Firearms Qualification

Ancillary Training Program

An objective of the CTSD Department is to deliver relevant training programs at all levels of the organization. The Ancillary Training Program includes courses designed for unit-assigned clerical and support staff, as well as employees who serve on the unit On-the-Job Training Program.

The Correctional Awareness course provides initial orientation for new unit-assigned clerical and support staff. In FY16, more than 542 employees attended the Correctional Awareness training, which focuses on security concerns and awareness of the correctional environment. Through the Staff Survivor course in FY16, 1,517 clerical and support staff received 16 hours of correctional environment training to re-enforce physical protection strategies and techniques to avoid offender manipulation.

In addition to training the clerical and support staff, CTSD provides training to equip Field Training Officers (FTO) and other employees involved in the unit On-the-Job Training Program. Initial FTO Training, Initial Mentor Training, and FTO Workshops are conducted quarterly in each region and were attended by 1,627 FTOs and mentors during FY16.


Eric Guerrero
Director, Correctional Training and Staff Development

Darrell W. McCracken
Correctional Training and Staff Development Manager

C.F. Hazlewood
Leadership Development/Core Values Supervisor

Jeremy Bryant
Correctional Training Supervisor

David Brunet
Specialized/Ancillary Training Supervisor

Jessica O'Donnell
Curriculum Supervisor

Peggy Taylor
Information Management Supervisor

Kelsey Messer
Human Resources Supervisor