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Rory Thelen - Security & Standards


Rory Thelen

Security & Standards


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Rory Thelen is a 28 year veteran of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He currently holds the position of Administrative Captain at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. Rory began his career at Kettle Moraine as an Officer and promoted up through to the rank of Captain.

In 1990, Rory became a Principles of Subject Control Instructor and Agency Trainer when the Wisconsin DOC implemented Gary T. Klugiewicz’s Active Countermeasures Instructional System (ACMi) program for Correctional Personnel. Rory also holds instructor certifications in Firearms and Incapacitating Agents, Professional Communications Skills, Verbal Judo and is a Verbal Defense and Influence Instructor for the Vistelar Group. Rory spent 5 years as an Instructor at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Training Center and has been a consultant for the DOC Use of Force Committee. He is a member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Bureau, POSC Training Advisory Committee.


Note from the author
My expertise has always been in dealing with security issues, whether as an instructor or an officer. I like working with staff and inmates and I take a lot of pride in my ability to communicate with people and be a good listener. I like working in real time, meaning I don't like to put things off. i.e, make a decision based on your training and experience and move on. I was always raised to believe that when things need to be done, "we go to work and go to work"! I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to express my thoughts, ideas and experiences on CorrectionsOne.

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