The BCSO Training Division provides professional training to its entire staff through classroom instruction and interactive educational sessions. Training officers are certified instructors who offer up-to-date information on a variety of topics and procedures. Each employee of the Bristol County Sheriff's Office receives in-service training, and correctional staff take part in an academy before serving as officers. Many of the in-depth courses for both correctional staff and support staff are listed below.

Academy Curriculum
Civil Liability
Communicable Diseases
Communication Skills
Counseling Techniques
Critical Incidents
Cultural Diversity
Defensive Tactics I
Firearm Safety and Handling
Fire Safety/Scott Air Pack
Hostage Situations
Inmate Discipline and Offender Rules
Key Control
Report Writing
Searches and Contraband
Security Procedures
Sexual Harassment/Misconduct
Staff/Inmate Relations
Substance Abuse
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Supervision of Inmates
Use of Force
Anatomy of a Set-up
Court Testimony
Defensive Tactics II
First Responder Certification
History of Jails/Office of the Sheriff
Physical Fitness Training
Stress Management
Supervision of Special Needs
Transportation and Restraints
Sexual Abuse/Assault Awareness


Support Staff Curriculum
Defensive Tactics I
First Aid
Fire Safety
Report Writing
Use of Force
Environmental Safety
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Misconduct
Code of Ethics
Rape Prevention
Emergency Plans
Health Terminology
Legal Updates
Tool & Equipment
Facility Radios
Classification 1
Cert Post
Unit Emergency Procedures
Mental Health
Day Room
Comm. Diseases
Spec. Management Logs
Disciplinary Procedure
Inmate Visits
Fire Safety
Clothing and Laundry
Unit Requests
Unit Discipline
Recreation Deck
Department Dress Code
Locks and Keys
Job Function Training


For more information regarding the BCSO Training Division, please contact:


Training Director:


Craig Assad
Bristol County Sheriff's Office
400 Faunce Corner Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
(508) 995-6400


Professional Trainers:

Sgt. Robert Mattos
Sgt. Moses Isidoro
Officer Martha Silveira



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