The experience of prison ofﬁcer training
The chapter focuses on the way in which the process of ‘becoming’ a prison ofﬁcer begins and the early stages of occupational socialisation. Starting with a short overview of relevant literature, there follows an outline of the structure and content of the prison ofﬁcer training course, as it was in 2002 when I completed it.2 Some general evaluations of the training and several interrelated thematic ﬁndings regarding the process of being trained as an ofﬁcer during the initial residential training periods are then presented. These ﬁndings are based on data obtained from: self-completion
questionnaires administered to trainee ofﬁcers during the training course and follow-up interviews conducted six months after course completion; focus group discussions with trainee ofﬁcers; informal discussions with the cohort during training; and the daily ﬁeldwork research journal I maintained throughout the training period.