Brad Hompe, MPA continues to be recognized as one of the Nation’s corrections experts. Most recently Brad has been tapped by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Institute of Corrections to provide technical assistance to jails throughout the Country. Brad Has recently provided jail operational assessments for jails in Georgia and South Dakota. In addition to his work with the National Institute of Corrections Brad is also working with Lexipol who is the Nation’s leader in public safety risk management. Lexipol provides a policy management system along with a training system to law enforcement, fire, and jails throughout the Nation. Brad has provided jail policy content development, jail training development, and implementation services for Lexipol.
In his current position, Brad Hompe serves as a Corrections Complaint Examiner and Investigator with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI-DOC). He got to where he is based on his extensive experience in the field of prison and jail operations. Over the years, he has provided a wide range of services to prisons and jails all over the state of Wisconsin, as well as nationally. If nothing else, Brad Hompe is considered an elite expert on virtually every aspect of correctional facility operations, from jail and prison planning and design and policy development in every area including use of force.
Brad Hompe is also highly valued for his expertise in the development and implementation of training and evaluation and incident management in a prison environment. He is even considered an expert when it comes to food service, sanitation and maintenance, as well as classification and supervision. He is even considered a specialist in the area of correctional facility fire safety issues.
One reason Brad Hompe is looked up to by everyone in the correctional facility industry is because he has done everything. He has served as a prison staff employee, a jail inspector and as an instructor and trainer. Throughout his time with the WI-DOC, Brad worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a corrections officer, then becoming a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, unit manager and deputy warden along the way to becoming a warden. Brad Hompe also has a significant education to draw upon, in addition to his experience. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and psychology from Winona State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He can also point to law enforcement certifications from schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as a Firefighter I Certification, which he earned from Southwest Technical College in Wisconsin.
He currently serves a Corrections Complaint Examiner and Investigator with the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (WI-DOC), but really, Brad Hompe has a lot more than that to put on his resume. In fact, he’s done nearly everything that be done in the corrections environment, including serving time as a prison warden. He has held virtually every position one can hold while working up the ranks to that lauded position, including stints as a corrections officer, a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain, a unit manager and even deputy warden along the journey.
It is obvious that Brad Hompe has a truckload of experience in the areas of jail and prison operations, so he certainly knows what he’s talking about in almost every area of prison operations and program development. Brad has provided a wide variety of services in prisons and jails all over Wisconsin and he has done so nationally. Brad Hompe is widely recognized as an authority when t comes to many issues, including policies regarding use of force, the development and implementation of training programs that keep prison workers and prisoners safe and he is an acknowledged expert in evaluation and incident management.
Since achieving his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice/psychology from Winona State University in Minnesota, Brad Hompe has dedicated himself to public service including a nearly lifelong career in the prison system. With experience as a police cadet, juvenile care worker and firefighter as well, Hompe otherwise has worked in various jail and prison roles throughout Wisconsin and even nationwide, all demonstrating his immense expertise in the industry.
Also earning his Master of Science in public administration from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, Brad Hompe has held positions with the Wisconsin Prison System, Wisconsin Jails and jails nationally. He has amassed an extensive professional history of developing and implementing jail and prison programs through multiple roles of increasing responsibility, such as prison employee, jail inspector, instructor/trainer and consultant. Some of these specific positions include warden, deputy warden, unit manager, captain, lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer — all roles previously held with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for whom he currently works as a Corrections Complaint Examiner/Investigator. This well-rounded professional’s expertise extends across numerous areas, from food service, sanitation and fire safety to jail planning, training evaluation, incident management and suicide management.
ELEMENTS OF SOUND USE OF FORCE/PROTECTION FROM HARM PROGRAM IN JAIL
With all the media attention given to police use of force and the associated liability in this area it has never been more important to review the use of force (UOF) processes in place in our jails. As I have traveled the country providing expert review along with policy and training development in this area it is evident that the importance of and attention to this area and resources dedicated to this area are often lacking, misunderstood, or simply not understood. Sound policy, corrections specific training, and a healthy culture must exist.
First, each facility must have a sound comprehensive policy. The policy must be consistent with the training program used in the jail. This policy should be developed with the assistance of a use of force expert and your legal counsel. This policy must be trained and understood by jail staff as well as be readily available for staff to refer to at any time. This training and understanding must be documented initially and repeated at least annually. The policy must also be adhered to by all staff and a documented UOF incident review process must be in place along with data collection and analysis. I will address monitoring and data importance in a future article.
Secondly, any use of force training program used must be developed specifically for the jail/correctional setting. Far too often a police (street) use of force training program is used out of convenience or simply due to lack of understanding or lack of dedication of appropriate resources. Due to the secure controlled environment, staff numbers, supervisor availability and other factors that make the correctional environment unique, use of force training must be specific to the corrections setting. Any correctional use of force program should include verbalization skills training that includes the use of professional communication skills, de-escalation (confrontation avoidance) techniques, and crisis intervention skills. Far too often the verbalization is either not taught or is taught separately. Any good correctional use of force training program is in fact a system of verbalization skills that is coupled with physical or other alternatives. A specific articulation and documentation training must be included in this training. Relying on a general report writing class not specific to use of force can prove disastrous. A sound use of force program would include at least a 40-hour initial training with annual updates.
Finally, the agency culture must align with the use of force policy, training, and overall expectations. Every level of the organization must understand the policy, the training, and the expectations. This starts with role modeling and accountability from the top down. Supervisors must know the material and lead by example for the troops to follow. Ongoing coaching, mentoring, and corrective action must also take place to ensure the full organization is developed and held accountable to the standard.
Brad Hompe, MPA, Jail and Prison Operations Consultant
Brad owns and operates a consulting business that specializes in jail and prison operations and has developed the “Jail Inmate Control System (JICS) that is a UOF training program specific to corrections. Brad is currently a Corrections Complaint Examiner/Investigator with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI-DOC). Brad has previously held the positions of Jail Inspector, Warden, Deputy Warden, Unit Manager, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and officer with the WI-DOC.
Currently a Corrections Complaint Examiner and Investigator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI-DOC), Brad Hompe has a lot of experience when it comes to jail and prison operations. In addition to leading the development and implementation of corrections programs, Brad has provided a wide range of services in prisons and jails throughout Wisconsin and nationally.
Brad Hompe has worked as a prison staff employee, but he has done a lot more. He has been a jail inspector, an instructor and trainer. Over the years, he has come to be seen as a top-notch expert when it comes to prison operations. That expertise comes about as a result of his experience in all aspects of jail operations, including jail and prison planning and design and policy development in many areas, including use of force, the development and implementation of training and evaluation and incident management. He also has expertise when it comes to food service, sanitation and maintenance, classification and supervision and even fire safety.
During his time with WI-DOC, Brad Hompe has done just about everything. In addition to his time as a warden, he worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a corrections officer, a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, unit manager and deputy warden along the way. Brad also has a significant amount of education, with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and psychology from Winona State University in Minnesota and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In addition, he has law enforcement certifications from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN, as well as Firefighter I Certification that he earned from Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin.