Under the laws applicable to most of GEO’s operations, and under internal company policies, GEO’s correctional officers are required to complete a minimum amount of training which exceeds national standards. Generally, industry standards require at least 120 hours of pre-service training before an employee is allowed to assume their duties which is consistent with ACA standards. In addition to the usual 120 hours of pre-service training, most states require 40 hours of on-the-job training. Florida law requires that correctional officers receive 520 hours of training. GEO’s training programs meet or exceed all of these applicable requirements.
GEO’s training program typically begins with approximately 40 hours of instruction regarding GEO policies, operational procedures and management philosophy. Training continues for Correctional Officers with an additional 120 hours of instruction covering legal issues, rights of inmates, techniques of communication and supervision, interpersonal skills and job training relating to the particular position to be held. Each of GEO’s employees who has contact with inmates receives a minimum of 40 hours of additional training each year, and each manager receives at least 24 hours of training each year.
At least 160 hours of training are required for GEO’s employees in Australia and South Africa before such employees are allowed to work in positions that will bring them into contact with inmates. GEO’s employees in Australia and South Africa receive a minimum of 40 hours of refresher training each year. In the United Kingdom, GEO’s employees also receive a minimum of 240 hours prior to coming in contact with inmates and receive additional training of approximately 25 hours annually.