33 cadets graduate from DOC academy

DOVER — Thirty-three men and women graduated from the 230th Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) on Friday.

They’ve have been assigned to facilities throughout the state, said the agency.

The cadets were joined by Gov. John Carney, Commissioner Perry Phelps, friends, family and six canine officers and their dogs who recently received their contraband certification issued by The United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).

The 11-week long training program focuses on a professional development curriculum critical to developing the skills of correctional staff.

The training program includes inmate supervision, weapons and chemical munitions, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, behavioral health training, CPR/Basic First Aid and inter-personal communication.

The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning along with the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums Unit.

It also included the presentation of the Outstanding Cadet awarded to Officer Eduardo Capriel-Sanchez and Class speaker Officer David Cornish, Jr..

“Be accountable for your actions and the mistakes you may make and remember the only bad experience is one you do not learn from,” Mr. Phelps said at the ceremony.

“Never forget what you had to endure to get to where you are. Stay committed to service before self, remain true to our mission and you will be successful.”

The graduates begin their new careers with the Delaware Department of Correction next week.

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