The Delaware Department of Correction graduated and assigned 35 cadets to serve as correctional officers and one cadet to serve as correctional officer/food service specialist during a March 22 ceremony at the department’s administrative headquarters in Dover. Cadets took the oath of office and received their assignments before family, friends and DOC officials.
Gerald Carter of Milton was honored as the outstanding cadet of the class, and Sabe Dickinson of Atco, N.J. was selected by her peers to represent the class as its speaker during the ceremony.
Graduates completed nine weeks of training, including hands-on and classroom sessions in a multitude of areas, including weapons familiarization, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, substance abuse training, CPR/Basic First Aid and inter-personal communication.
The graduates will join the ranks of more than 1,700 DOC employees in the correctional officer series who uphold the department’s mission of protecting the public by supervising more than 7,000 adult offenders in DOC facilities throughout the state.
Graduates include: Elizabeth Ballini, Millsboro, Sussex County Correctional Institution; Gerald Carter, bootcamp; Katie Clark, Milton, Vaughn Correctional Institution; Geraldine T. Epoumb, Georgetown, Vaughn Correctional Institution; Michael Hawkins, Lewes, Vaughn Correctional Institution; Zachary A. Pettyjohn, Georgetown, Vaughn Correctional Institution; Todd Pryor, Milton, Vaughn Correctional Institution; Katelyn Slater, Milton, Vaughn Correctional Institution.