A group of 35 men and women graduated from the 228th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction Nov. 21, and the graduates have been 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 interpersonal communication.
The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning along with the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums Unit. It also included presentation of the Outstanding Cadet Award to Officer Nicholas Mollica and class speaker Michelle Bond.
Offereing words of encouragement to her classmates, Bond said, “I will echo the previous declaration that this day is the end of a season, but the beginning of our journey through our law enforcement careers. Do not tarnish what you have accomplished by losing sight of who you are when you don your uniform. We will get tired; there will be frustrating days, and sometimes it will seem easier to just bend and fold. Yet, we must react with the utmost professionalism, as that is what our mission entails.”
Commissioner Perry Phelps spoke on the importance of the department’s core values: integrity, courage, accountability, respect and diversity. “Do not allow others to distract, sway or manipulate you into doing things that are contrary to your oath and the department’s mission, no matter how appealing the outcome may be. Once you pin that badge on and begin your career, remember this: Your reputation is what defines you,” he said.
The instructional team for CEIT Class 228 consisted of primary instructor Randall Meding, instructor Craig Brumbaugh, and drill instructors Antonie Ford and Latanya Smith.
The graduates have begun their new careers with the Delaware Department of Correction.