Training Division

Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles values providing quality training to all Bureau personnel. Jeff Jeter currently serves as the Division I Director and Training Director for Field Operations.

The Training Division is tasked to instruct and certify officers in 12 hours of continued education. They also place new Probation and Parole Officer Trainees that are not already certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission into the states’ police academies. The training completed at the police academies is a 13-week long process with a total of 540 hours.

Operations include delivering training courses on the following to Probation and Parole Officers:

  • Ohio Risk Assessment System
  • Strategic Self-defense and Gunfighting Tactics Vanguard Program
  • Chemical Spray Certification
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Case planning

Once an officer has been promoted or at their supervisor’s request, the following State Personnel classes are made available:

  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Dynamics of Supervision
  • Employment Law
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Interview and Selection
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Progressive Discipline

The following training is delivered to all Bureau staff:

  • Sexual harassment prevention certification

Roderick Chambers | Division Manager of Training

Roderick Chambers serves as the Division Manager of Training for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. This role oversees all operations of training and development for Bureau staff. Operations include preparing Probation and Parole Officer Trainees for the police academy, developing Probation and Parole Officer Trainees through cognitive behavioral therapy classes and certifications, and monitoring required continuing education for Probation and Parole Officers and other Bureau staff.

Chambers responsibilities also include monitoring information from the National Crime Information Center to make sure records are up to date on certifications and background checks. He serves as the Bureau’s liaison for Emergency Management too. He is certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and certified as a Strategic Self-defense and Gunfighting Tactics Vanguard Instructor, Ohio Risk Assessment System Instructor, Case Planning Instructor, Core Correctional Practice Instructor, Motivation Interviewing Instructor and Chemical Spray Certification Instructor.

In December 2003, Chambers joined ABPP as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Phenix City Field Office. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Probation and Parole Officer for the Wedowee Field Office and later transferred to the Clayton Field Office. In 2011, he was promoted to District Manager for the Montgomery Field Office. He accepted a lateral transfer to the Training Division in 2014.

Chambers received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Criminology from Auburn University in 2000. He played football for the Auburn Tigers from 1997-2000. He would go on to play for the National Football League. Prior to serving at the Bureau, Chambers worked at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Opelika, Ala.

Chambers was raised in a military family, living all over the world. After his father retired in Fort McClellan, they lived in Eufaula, Ala.