About County Training Advisory Council (CTAC)

(click here for the board members)

The primary goal of CTAC is to serve as a clearing house and sounding board for all training plans and programs in County Correctional facilities within the State of New Jersey. CTAC evaluates training needs and makes recommendations on training policies and procedures as they relate to county correctional facilities.

CTAC is comprised of training officers representing county correctional departments within all twenty-one (21) counties in New Jersey. Many members of CTAC are senior members of their respective departments who possess a great deal of correctional training related experience. The cumulative knowledge and experiences of this dedicated group of law enforcement professionals is shared at CTAC meetings resulting in state-of-the-art, timely, and dynamic training programs that respond to the ever changing needs of the corrections community. CTAC will be a tremendous training resource for correction officers as well as law enforcement in general in the future.

CTAC offers a number of benefits to each and every county corrections agency within the state. Most recently, CTAC completed the enormous task of revising the entire Basic Training Course for County Correction Officers. This project involved reviewing and revising the numerous performance objectives and resulted in certification of the curriculum by the Police Training Commission (PTC) of the New Jersey Office of Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice. This PTC certified curriculum will now be the uniform standard of correction officer training for all public safety/police academies throughout the State of New Jersey.

CTAC is presently focusing its goals for year 2016 to continue providing no cost, "Train the Trainer" instructional classes to all county correction officers in a wide variety of important subjects. These training classes are held at various locations throughout the state. Upcoming training classes can be located in the CTAC section of the NJCJWA website described below.

Tentatively, these training classes will include: Direct Supervision, Interpersonal Communication Skills (IPC), Cell Block Management, Lesson Plan Development, Annual Training Plans, Power Point Presentations, Field Training Officer training, Use of Force, Trainer Liability and Deliberate Indifference, and other as yet to be determined courses.

Additionally, CTAC has formed or is in the process of forming several standing committees, including CERT/SOG, Gang Intelligence, and Intelligence Officer, whose primary mission is to share information, experiences, and contact information. Moreover, CTAC has now included specific web pages available to each committee to share specific information like gang intelligence and officer safety information. These sub-committees will meet regularly to discuss important issues.

CTAC Executive Board

President - Capt. Linda Blackwell (Camden)

1st Vice Chairman - Ofc. Tracey Tift (Monmouth)

2nd Vice Chairman - Capt. Bruce Carber (Atlantic)
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Secretary - Sgt. Alexander Lovas (Camden)

Sergeant at Arms - Sgt. Bradley Cranckshaw (Burlington)

State Liaison - Lt. Clay McClain (NJDOC)

Appointed Liaison - Lt. Peter Celetse (Camden)
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Lt. Lori Martin (Ocean)

Sgt. Earnest Welch (Salem)

Sgt. Shane Zane (Cumberland)

Ofc. Robert Brooks (Salem)x
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