Kirk Christensen was appointed director of the Training Academy in May 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a parole supervisor for Adult Probation and Parole.
Kirk started his career with the department in 1997. Since then, Kirk's assignments included: corrections officer at the Utah State Prison; sergeant for the Special Operations/K-9 Unit; probation/parole officer with Adult Probation and Parole; training coordinator with the Pre-Service Academy; and supervisor at Bonneville Community Correctional Center.
Kirk retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves in January 2014 as a Master Chief Petty Officer, where he specialized in military law enforcement, force protection and leadership/management training.
The Utah Department of Corrections' Training Division works with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council to provide pre-service training for cadets and in-service training for certified officers. The Training Division also provides classes in leadership and motivational interviewing techniques for officers.
It is the mission of the Department's Training Academy to establish and maintain a foundation of professionalism and education for correctional staff throughout the State of Utah.
The Division's goal is to act as mentors and guides to Corrections staff in their training endeavors.