Image courtesy DOC

Image courtesy DOC

The 231st Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy graduated Friday.  The class of 21 men and women has already received their assignments to facilities throughout Delaware.  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.

The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning.  It also included the presentation of the Outstanding Cadet awarded to Officer Paul Mourad and Class speaker Officer Amy Brinkley.

Commissioner Phelps spoke on the importance of the Department’s core values: integrity, courage, accountability, respect and diversity.  “Be respectful of other staff, inmates, and the public and most importantly: respect yourselves,” said the Commissioner. “Be tolerant of others as tolerance allows us to listen to others, share their experiences, and learn from a different perspective. Have empathy for those around you for it will make us all better people in our everyday lives.”

The new graduates begin their new DOC careers next week.