The Department of Correction recently announced the launch of its Corrections Citizens Academy.
This five-week program is designed to familiarize community members with the operations of Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency and provide insight into how the department achieves its dual mission of public safety and offender rehabilitation.
The academy gives participants the opportunity to engage with department leadership, uniformed officers and professional staff as they obtain an inside-the -walls perspective on Delaware’s correctional system. The academy will meet from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, April 22 to May 20, at the Department of Correction Administration Building in Dover, the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, and the Probation and Parole Regional Office in Dover.
“The Department of Correction is Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency, with more than 2,000 dedicated professionals who supervise thousands of individuals within our criminal justice system every day,” said Deputy Commissioner Monroe Hudson. “Our citizens academy gives members of the public a unique opportunity to see firsthand how our correctional system contributes to public safety and supports offender rehabilitation. Our goal is to deepen public awareness of our mission through information sharing, dialogue and engagement, and to build a strong partnership between the DOC and residents of the communities we serve. I hope you will consider joining us.”
There is no cost to participate. Class size is limited, and applicants must pass a simple background check as part of the application process.
The department seeks a diverse group of participants who can apply by completing a short application and background check form. For the application and form, go to https://doc.delaware.gov/assets/documents/DOC_Citizens_Academy_application.pdf.
Participants do not need to have any corrections or law enforcement experience. Completed applications should be sent to Jason.Miller@Delaware.gov by Tuesday, March 31.
The DOC citizens academy is built around informational presentations, demonstrations, class discussions, and tours of prison and probation and parole facilities. Session topics will include organizational structure, training, prison operations, community supervision methods, medical and behavioral health treatment, vocational training and education as well as the department’s role in coordinating Delaware’s statewide multi-agency re-entry initiative.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend and participate in citizens academy sessions.
For more information and to apply, contact Jason Miller, chief of communications and community relations, at Jason.Miller@Delaware.gov, or call 302-379-4048.