Information in English

27.5.2012 12:00

General Information
Prison Service Academy is the separate organizational branch of the Prison Service of The Czech Republic which provides central education for all organizational branches of the Prison Service of The Czech republic, for all staff and members. The Academy provides them the basic skills education required for their work and duties and also helps them in education during their professional life as a staff of the Prison Service. The Institute also serves as a provider of education, the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental cooperation and the internal exchange of experience. Prison Service Academy has the coordinate role in the area of public awareness and prevention. For the purposes of developing the theoretical bases of teaching the Academy participates of development of scientific and research activities in penology and penitentiary.

Lifelong learning
As required by the Government Office of the training of civil servants the Prison Service Academy accepts the task of Department of Prison Service and these tasks are also the main mission of the Prison Service Academy . These tasks are specified and realized in plan approved as “Lifelong learning for employees of the Prison Service”.
Lifelong learning is conceived as a purposeful, systematic, constant and general development of professional and moral standards of all employees and members of the Prison Service. In the implementation of Lifelong Learning Progamme participate not only teachers of the Institute of Education but also the other specialists from the Prison Service, from the other departments of government and from non-state subjects.

The concept of Lifelong learning includes nine levels of educational activities:

1. Basic vocational training
Prison Service Academy organizes the starting training by various types of basic vocational trainings which are intended for all new employees and members considering their professional specialization.
Prison Service Academy enables graduates of secondary school or universities in non-pedagogical subject to complete additional pedagogical education, so the student can meet the qualification requirements for the position of educator in prison. But this education is valid only for the purpose of Prison Service.

2. Special Staff Training
Systematic training including the examination in regular intervals is realized in form of self-study, teaching specific subject and increasing of physical condition and self-defense skills.
Prison Service Academy guarantees the provision of Official Staff Test defined in Regulation No. 506/2004 Coll. in relation to Act No. 361/2003 Coll., Service of Members of Security Forces.

3. Study Programme for the Personnel
Prison Service Academy creates information and consulting facilities for students of secondary schools, universities and post-graduate studies and continues in cooperation with selected universities which provide the education necessary for higher qualification of the prison staff.

4. Lifelong Learning
Prison Service Academy composes the offer of specialization courses according to its role and function in Prison Service. The offer includes language courses for the management staff of the Prison Service.

5. Cooperation with Non-Governmental Organization
Prison Service Academy organizes various lectures, seminars, discussion, meeting and conferences in connection with prison and prisoners and cooperates with non-governmental organizations.

6. Exchange of Experience
Prison Service Academy organizes training for selected professional groups of prison staff, various types of workshops and various forms of self-experience courses in which the staff can exchange practical experience.
This includes also cooperation with foreign education partners and prison services. Prison Service Academy maintains friendly contacts with these subjects.

7. Cooperation with universities and an another educational activities
Personnel of thePrison Service Academy (also with the other professionals from the Prison Services) cooperate with universities, secondary schools and other organizations. This cooperation includes lectures, lessons, consultation, publishing, help with theses, etc. This type of Lifelong Learning is destined for selected professionals who pursue transfer of knowledge and create didactic and theoretical concepts.

8. Study and research activities
Prison Service Academy participates in the selected research project and offers consulting and information base for a variety of researchers of Prison Service and also other professionals. Prison Service Academy uses results of the research in all form of Lifelong Learning.

9. Environmental Education
Influence of the environment is incorporated in surroundings, leisure activities, cultural opportunities, sport and social activities and also in improving of interpersonal relationships.
Vision of educated professionals of Prison Services is associated with the requirement of strict adherence with the principles of professional ethics, ability to work in team, realize the own personality but also the personality of the colleagues and respect them. Error and failure of prison staff is linked to risk of loss of social prestige and social status of Prison Service in the society.
Influence of the environment helps with sociological, educational and ecological development which is important for prevention for prison staff but also for the prisoners.

The Personnel of Prison Service Academy
Prison Service Academy has in the present condition 49 job positions (16 for uniformed staff and 33 for civilian employees). From these are 46 positions in Stráž pod Ralskem, where is the Academy located, and 3 positions are intended for the Cabinet of Documentation and History in Prague.
From 46 positions are 16 for teachers, but in teaching participate also the members of the management of the Institute. The Academy cooperates with external professionals and educational subject to ensure all of educational activities.

The building of Prison Service Academy
The new building of the Prison Service Academy was opened in Stráž pod Ralskem on 31 August 2000.
12 basic classrooms are available with total capacity of 280 places, then 6 specialized classrooms with a total capacity of 128 seats, lecture hall with a capacity of 96 seats and multi-purpose hall with a capacity of 120 seats.
Students use special classroom destined for the preparation for their future profession, such as practice cell, hall with shooting simulator or specially modified hall for physical training (dojo). There is also computer hall with access to Internet.
There is a plan to construct another building in the western part of the Institute (if there is finance possibilities) which can be used like a large hall for physical training or other educational activities.

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