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Functional Abilities for Corrections & Community Advocacy

If you know you have a recognized disability, or suspect that you might have one, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as soon as possible to the Disability Services staff in Student Services. Course standards will not be lowered but various kinds of accommodations are available to you. Adequate and reasonable time will be required to develop and provide appropriate accommodations so contact Disability Services as soon as possible. It is Mid-State Technical College’s goal to assist you in your individual educational plan.

The following is a listing of personal abilities that are needed to function as a Corrections & Community Advocacy student. If you have concerns about your ability to perform these tasks, contact the Disability Services Coordinator prior to starting courses, to discuss potential accommodations.
Gross Motor Skills:
Move within confined spaces
Maintain balance in multiple positions
Reach above shoulders
Reach below waist
Reach out front
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things
Fine Motor Skills:
Pick up objects with hands
Grasp small objects with hands
Write with pen or pencil
Pinch/pick or otherwise work with fingers
Squeeze with finger
Lock and unlock locks
Computer mouse maneuvers
Physical Endurance:
Stand for long periods of time
Sustain repetitive movements
Maintain physical tolerance
Physical Strength:
The ability to carry, lift or drag a human body
Carry equipment/supplies
Use upper body strength
Squeeze with hands
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials
Be free from any impediment of the senses, physically sound and in possession of extremities
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object
Carry self-contained breathing apparatus
Move quickly
Climb stairs
Hear normal speaking-level sounds
Hear faint voices
Hear faint body sounds
Hear in situations when not able to see lips
Hear auditory alarms
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
See (uncorrected) objects up to 20 inches away
See (uncorrected) objects up to 20 feet away
Use depth perception. Use peripheral vision
Distinguish color and color intensity
The ability to see details at a distance
Possess normal color vision
Possess 20/20 corrected vision in each eye
Possess normal visual functions in each eye. Includes peripheral vision, depth perception, etc.
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead
Feel vibrations
Feel differences in sizes, shapes
Detect environmental temperature
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears
The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources)
Detect odors (e.g., foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath, smoke, gasses or noxious smells)
Tolerate exposure to allergens (e.g., latex gloves, chemical substances)
Tolerate strong odors
Confined space
Integration into inmate populations
Exposure to weather
Read and understand written documents (e.g., flow sheets, charts, graphs)
Read digital displays
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Comprehend and interpret graphic trends
Calibrate equipment
Tell time
Measure time
Read and interpret measurement marks
Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers
Compute fractions and decimals
Document numbers in records
Emotional Stability:
Establish professional relationships
Provide client with emotional support
Adapt to changing environment/stress
Deal with the unexpected
Focus attention on task
Cope with own emotions
Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently
Cope with strong emotions in others
Exhibit a history and characteristics of honesty, reliability, ability to manage personal finances, interpersonal skill, and integrity
History of mental or physical disability may be grounds for denying employment; or, these factors might be a consideration in the hiring process
Be free from mental or emotional instabilities which may tend to impair the efficient performance of a correction officer's duties or which might endanger the lives of others or the law enforcement officer
Capacity to remain calm during stressful situations
Analytical Thinking:
Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
Process and interpret information from multiple sources
Analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data
Evaluate outcomes
Problem solve
Prioritize tasks
Use long-term memory
Use short-term memory
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)

Critical Thinking:

Identify cause-effect relationships
Plan/control activities for others
Synthesize knowledge and skills
Sequence information
Make decisions independently
Adapt decisions based on new information
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Interpersonal Skills:
Establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups
Respect/value cultural differences in others
Respect for opposite gender
Tolerant of alternative life styles
Negotiate interpersonal conflict
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
Actively looking for ways to help people
Ability to interact with inmates and co-workers to establish and maintain an effective working relationship
Communication Skills:
Influence people
Direct/manage/delegate activities of others
Speak English
Write English
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you
Listen/comprehend spoken/written word
Collaborate with others
Manage information
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources
Talking to others to convey information effectively
Specific Job Tasks:
  • Using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  • Perform rescue operations which may involve lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, crawling in confined area; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Perform searches of people, which may involve feeling and detecting objects.
  • Walking for long periods of time.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Working rotating shifts and holidays, walking on foot patrol and physically checking doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles and senior citizens, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings. Must be able to convey cogent facts and details and appropriately handle scrutiny and confrontation.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Evacuation of inmates and search and rescue operations in a fire while carrying a self-contained breathing apparatus and breathing through a full-face mask.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.
  • Enforces all laws, rules and regulations, department policies and unit orders pertaining to operation of the department.
  • Patrols or corrections officers assigned area, either by moving patrol or assigned location, to assure security of that part of a corrections facility. Observes and reports special hazards.
  • Escorts inmates to work assignments, recreation and elsewhere as directed. Maintains order as assigned during work, bathing, meals and other activities. Keeps count on inmates assigned; correct and advises inmates in daily routines.
  • Participates in shakedowns as directed. Routinely searches persons and property for contraband in accordance with established procedures.
  • Responds to emergency calls; assists as directed in riot control and inmate movement; participates in search and capture of fugitives.
  • Monitors conduct of prisoners, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
  • Takes prisoner into custody and escorts to locations within and outside of facility, such as visiting room, courtroom, or airport.
  • Inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facility, to prevent escape.
  • Uses weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners.
  • Searches prisoners, cells, and vehicles for weapons, valuables, or drugs.
  • Guards facility entrance to screen visitors.
  • Records information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance.
  • Serves meals and distributes commissary items to prisoners.
  • Discharge firearms, utilize chemical irritants, and utilize electronic control devices.
  • The ability to use force up to and including the use of deadly force.
  • Clear criminal background.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Sound ethic/moral decision making.
  • Work long shifts – beyond the traditional eight hours.
  • Shift holdover – beyond regular schedule.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794) prohibits discrimination of persons because of her or his disability. In keeping with these laws, colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System make every effort to insure a quality education for students. The purpose of this document is to ensure that students acknowledge that they have been provided information on the functional abilities required of a student in a Health program. In addition, information was given to the student on reasonable accommodations to meet the Functional Abilities at this time.

This form needs to be completed prior to admission to the Corrections & Community Advocacy program. 

Your signature below affirms that you:
  • have read and understand the Functional Ability Categories specific to your chosen Health program.
  • are able to meet the Functional Abilities with or without accommodations.
  • have been provided with information concerning accommodations or special services if needed at this time.

By typing my first and last name in this box, I confirm the data I have provided is accurate and that I understand the information provided on the form.