Thirty-eight men and women graduated from the 227th Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction today and have been assigned to facilities throughout the state.
The 11-week long 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 along with a performance by the Dover Fire Pipes and Drums. It also included the presentation of the Outstanding Cadet awarded to Kristin Burtell and Class Speaker Devone Callaway.
Commissioner Phelps addressed the responsibilities that come with wearing the badge of a Correctional Officer. “You have earned your badge. Don’t forget that attached to that badge is a great deal of responsibility, authority and discretion,” he said. “You’ve learned that the DOC has a dual mission of ensuring public safety and providing opportunities for rehabilitation. Approximately 97% of the individuals in our custody will be released back to the community. We all have the duty to ensure those men and women are returned to society better than when they were placed into the Department’s custody.”
Governor John Carney was in attendance for today’s ceremony to show his continued support of the DOC and to provide words of encouragement to the graduating class. “It’s my honor to congratulate the newest class of graduates, who are taking an oath to keep their fellow citizens safe,” he said. “We’re committed to supporting our Correctional Officers and to recognizing the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Thank you to all Correctional Officers for your courage and for your willingness to take on this important responsibility.”
The instructional team for CEIT Class 227 consisted of Primary Instructor John Boor, Training Educator Joseph Sheridan, and Drill Instructors Latanya Smith and Andrew Krzanowski.
The graduates begin their new careers with the Delaware Department of Correction next week.