IACTP Awards of Excellence

In keeping with the mission of the organization, IACTP seeks to enhance public safety and fair and humane treatment of offenders by promoting organizational and individual excellence in the profession of correctional training.  The IACTP's Awards of Excellence Program strives to identify and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and programs in the field of criminal justice training but to achieve this goal we need your help!  Truly exceptional training programs are difficult to accomplish and as a training professional you know what should or should not be recognized and rewarded.

Submit your nomination for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel's Awards of Excellence.  IACTP would like to recognize excellence in correctional training in the following categories at the next IACTP Annual Trainers' Conference.

Specialized Topics Award - given for high quality training in a particular course, program or subject.

Innovation Approaches Award - given for high quality training which advances the state of the art in correctional training.

Training System Award - given for high quality training throughout an entire system or training department.

Commercial Program Award - given for a high quality training offered by a commercial vendor.

2017 Award Winners are...


Training System Award 
New York City Department of Corrections
In the past, there was no formal, structured processes used to establish expectations for non-uniformed employee performance, no systematic use of Tasks & Standards, nor were there formal, policy-driven process for conducting and collecting performance evaluations.  As part of the design of the Department’s Staff Performance Management program, the HR/Organizational Learning & Development (OL&D) team has been working to finalize the non-uniformed performance evaluation policy, processes, forms, supervisory and employee roles and responsibilities, and other features to be integrated into existing HR processes. Once these items are vetted by the required oversight bodies within the Department, as well as the Labor unions and other external bodies, we will begin the training of non-uniformed managers and supervisors on the life cycle of performance management and how these components should be implemented in order to effectively manage and improve the overall quality of employee performance. This process was historically a time-consuming, paper-intensive process.  As a result, there was substantial non-compliance with policy mandates, which in turn left the Dept. open for varied legal opposition.  The current process facilitates the completion of evaluations, in a significantly reduced time frame; evaluators use observations and performance-related notes, to prepare fair, objective, fact-based performance appraisals within timeframes.


Innovative Approaches Award
Missouri Department of Corrections
Training Design and Development is a class designed to teach trainers how to write training curricula, and is based on an NIC training of the same name.  In the past, this program has been trained as a week-long, in-seat class.  Beginning in late 2015, after approximately a year of development, the Missouri Department of Corrections has transformed this class into an online training program that extends over approximately 6 months, and provides trainers with the opportunity to engage in all stages of creating new training, from developing a problem statement to determining need to completing a training program.  The intended results for this course are for each of the participants to write a complete, new training program for use within the agency.  The course is designed to allow participants to create classroom, self-paced, or virtual instructor led training. When this course was taught in the classroom, it was rare for the department to ultimately get a complete lesson plan.  With the extended timeframe of the current course, and the requirement of finalizing the course and all associated materials, we have the opportunity to provide the Missouri Department of Corrections with ten to fifteen new training programs every time this program is conducted.


Specialized Topics Award
Ohio Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation's Training Academy
The Corrections Training Academy of Ohio DRC purchased a MILO Training Simulator after many months of research and testing other Virtual Reality Simulators. We have since incorporated the simulator into In-service and Pre-service training. Some challenges we have faced was learning how to use the system and creation of tailored scenarios. The planning, approval and, resources needed for scenario creation can be a challenge. The simulator allows us to create our department firearms course of fire using our targets, distance and time. We can familiarize new and current staff with the course of fire before ever stepping foot on the live range. We also have the ability to diagnose issues with the shooter such as sight alignment or trigger management issues. We can use scenarios to calm down a mentally ill offender or if the student is not using good IPC skills the instructor can escalate the situation. The scenarios are created from video footage that we film so it is actual situations the student is presented with. The simulator is an excellent tool to improve decision making skills.


President's Award
Randy Perdue
Mr. Perdue was recognized for his commitment to IACTP both from his professional position in the WV Department of Corrections and his leadership on the IACTP Board of Directors, including a term as President. Even in the private sector now, Mr. Perdue continues to support IACTP by promoting the organization while he is training around the country and continuing to attend the annual IACTP conference as an attendee and workshop presenter.

Commercial Program Award
Crisis Consultant Group, LLC - Calm Every Storm
The Calm Every Storm course teaches crisis prevention and intervention for residents, both verbally and physically if necessary. The CCG Training Philosophy includes the following concepts:
• Emphasis on protecting the rights & dignity of both the staff and the individual(s) in crisis;
• Offering choices and alternatives during an escalating situation often reduces the likelihood of the crisis getting out of control;
• Staff are empowered to intervene in the before, during, and after stages of crisis situations;
• Raising responder awareness to how their own attitudes, beliefs, habits and patterns of behavior can either encourage or discourage crisis behavior

The Calm Every Storm program encourages staff to not only take into account the actions of the individual(s) in crisis, but also their own actions. By increasing that level of self-awareness in staff and empowering staff to give options to residents instead of simply imposing their will in a crisis situation, many of these situations are resolved through verbal de-escalation and never reach the level of physical intervention. 

Implementing this program at Long Creek has resulted in a drastic shift in organizational culture over the past decade. With the program’s emphasis on respecting the rights & dignity of both staff and clients, staff now approach crisis (or potential crisis) situations from a very different angle than they used to. Staff who have been at Long Creek (and/or formerly the Maine Youth Center) will tell you that defiance by clients used to be met with “two no’s and a prone”, meaning that if a resident refused a directive two times, they were then placed on the floor in the prone position by staff. There was no verbal intervention and the physical intervention was not planned or organized in any way. The Calm Every Storm course guides staff through verbal crisis intervention options and techniques, as well as gives staff easy, organized, and professional physical intervention techniques to use if needed.

For more information on the criteria for eligibility for the Awards of Excellence, contact Robert Nelsen at: robert.nelsen@wyo.gov.  

Award nominations received by August 15th each year will be considered for that year's award program. 
Awards are presented at the annual IACTP National Conference.  
To submit your nomination online, please click below:
Online Awards of Excellence Nomination Form

If you are unable to access the online awards form, then please use the following link to a Word doc to provide the same information. Once complete, you can submit the Word doc by email and the information will be entered into the award review process.  Award Nomination Form (Word doc)*
*when the file appears on your screen, click the "Open" box in the upper right side of your screen & select the option "Open in Microsoft Word". This will enable you to be able to write your information directly into the document.