The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department prides itself on having one of the best training divisions in corrections. Each trainer has risen through the ranks and served in multiple capacities, and together they combine for many years of experience and dedicated service to the Department. Every employee at the Department receives annual in-service training and Student Correction Officers receive 400 hours of challenging training during the Basic County Corrections Officer Academy.

The training department offers outside public safety agencies, such as MEMA and the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, access to its classroom space.

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In June 2008, the MSA and Plymouth County partnered to host a day of sessions for corrections employees in the region. The event was organized by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and featured instructors from Suffolk.

Orientation Training

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department provides Orientation training for all new employees. It is important that newly hired staff feel comfortable and confident in their new work environment. For many, it may be the first time they have worked in a correctional facility or as part of the criminal justice family.

Corrections is a paramilitary operation, so security staff wear uniforms and have a rank structure. New employees are given an overview of the facility,the history of jails and the Sheriff’s Office. Security is the most important responsibility of all staff, regardless of his/her position. Professionalism and good communication skills are the foundation to a rewarding career in this ever growing profession.

Each Employee is certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), which includes the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). They will also become familiar with: Interpersonal Communications; Proper Use of Electronic Communications; Discrimination and Harassment Policy 239; Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) laws and sanctions; Report Writing; Department Rules and Regulations; Inmate Classification; Emergency Reaction Plans for Critical Incidents; and Evacuation Procedures.


The training wing is also home to the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee, Plymouth Regional Police Academy. Basic Recruit, reserve intermittent, and in-service training courses are held at this location.

Plymouth Regional Police Academy
Address: 24 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508 830-6319

Eileen Goodick, Academy Director
Phone: (781) 437-0331

Alison Taylor, Veteran Officer Program Coordinator (Cape & Islands)
Phone: (781) 437-0332

Joanne Heres, Veteran Officer Program Coordinator
Phone: (781) 437-0333

John DeGutis, Basic/Reserve Coordinator
Phone: (508) 830-6365

Elizabeth Smith, Training Specialist
Phone: (508) 830-6200 ext. 801