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Rory Thelen - Security & Standards


Rory Thelen

Security & Standards


with Rory Thelen

Rory Thelen is a 25 year veteran of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He currently holds the position of Security Director at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. Rory began his career as an Officer and promoted up through the rank of Captain before becoming the Security Director at Kettle Moraine.

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, Correctional Professional Communication Skills and was made a Verbal Judo Instructor by Dr. George Thompson from the Verbal Judo Institute. He spent 5 years as an Instructor at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Training Center and has been a consultant on the DOC Use of Force Committee. He is also 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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