Department of Correction graduates 225th academy class

Twenty cadets graduated from the 225th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction Friday. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Twenty cadets graduated from the 225th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction on Friday, said the agency. The cadets were subsequently assigned to facilities throughout the state.

The 11-week training program focuses on a professional development curriculum critical to developing the skills of correctional staff in achieving the mission of public safety and reducing recidivism. 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, noted the DOC.

The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning along the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums Unit. It also included the presentation of the Outstanding Cadet award to Christopher Patton and class speaker Noel Sierra. According to the DOC, Ms. Sierra stated: “We learned how to be one team one family and I’m proud to say that after today we are no longer cadets, but officers and support staff.”

According to a DOC statement, Commissioner Perry Phelps spoke to cadets about the importance of integrity, courage, accountability, respect and diversity at the graduation.

“At some point throughout your career, you are going to be challenged, you are going to be tempted and you are going to find yourselves in very difficult situations” he said. “I implore you to always remember your duty to your peers, the offenders and the citizens of the great state of Delaware.”

The instructional team for CEIT Class 225 consisted of Primary Instructor Randall Meding, and Drill Instructors Vincent Lewis and Latanya Smith.

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