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Mike Cantrell

Correctional Breaching

Host of The Prison Officer Podcast, Mike Cantrell has been in corrections for over 28 years. He has recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as the Chief of the Office of Emergency Preparedness. He is a firearms, less lethal, breaching and disturbance control instructor and has led special response, disturbance control and canine teams over his career.

He is a correctional consultant specializing in the use of force and physical security. He is a writer, content creator and speaker on leadership and crisis management.

Knowing your audience and what’s relevant to them will create opportunities for delivering useful messages that lead to understanding and application
Corrections officers who learn to communicate with clear thought towards how the message is received are more effective leaders
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An effective CERT requires leadership, planning, time and commitment