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43 graduate from latest correctional officer training academy

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Monday, May 18, 2015



Dover – The Department of Correction Friday marked the graduation of 43 individuals from its Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) academy, which prepares new Correctional Officers and other staff for assignments in prison facilities across the state. These latest graduates consisted of 35 Correctional Officers, 5 Correctional Officer/Food Services Specialists, 2 Correctional Officer/Physical Plant Maintenance Mechanics, and 1 Correctional Counselor who took their oaths of office after successfully completing a rigorous 9-week program of classroom and hands-on training. With Friday’s graduation, more than 100 individuals have graduated from three academy classes that have taken place this year.

During remarks to the academy class and their families during a ceremony at the Department’s Dover headquarters, Commissioner Robert Coupe recognized the personal commitment of each graduate to public safety and spoke of their responsibilities as law enforcement officers. “As law enforcement professionals, whether we are working on the street or inside the prison walls, we are entrusted with power and authority by the citizens we serve and with it great responsibility,” Coupe said. “By completing your academy training you have earned the privilege to serve with the Department of Correction, and to be entrusted with the authority and responsibilities of your positions. But it doesn’t end here, as an Officer, Counselor or Service Specialist with the Department of Correction you will have to “earn” that privilege every day.”

During the ceremony, Correctional Officer candidates took the oath of office and received their facility assignments. Correctional Officer candidate Reynald Aguas was named Outstanding Cadet by Department of Correction training staff, and Correctional Officer candidate Rolanda Mulbah was selected by her peers as class speaker. Staff Lieutenant Phil Lawrence, the class Primary Instructor, commended his cadets for their hard work and perseverance and for holding true to the oft-repeated quote: “Through discipline and readiness we are masters of our fate.”

CEIT combines hands-on and classroom training in multiple subject areas, including inmate supervision, weapons familiarization, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, substance abuse training, CPR/Basic First Aid and inter-personal communication.

CEIT Class 207 was led by the instruction team consisting of Primary Instructor, Staff Lt. Phil Lawrence, and Instructors Corporals Brian Lewis and Dallas Johnson, along with Drill Instructors, Corporals Latanya Smith, Otis Smith, and William Benton.

CEIT 207 class photo

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43 graduate from latest correctional officer training academy

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Monday, May 18, 2015



Dover – The Department of Correction Friday marked the graduation of 43 individuals from its Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) academy, which prepares new Correctional Officers and other staff for assignments in prison facilities across the state. These latest graduates consisted of 35 Correctional Officers, 5 Correctional Officer/Food Services Specialists, 2 Correctional Officer/Physical Plant Maintenance Mechanics, and 1 Correctional Counselor who took their oaths of office after successfully completing a rigorous 9-week program of classroom and hands-on training. With Friday’s graduation, more than 100 individuals have graduated from three academy classes that have taken place this year.

During remarks to the academy class and their families during a ceremony at the Department’s Dover headquarters, Commissioner Robert Coupe recognized the personal commitment of each graduate to public safety and spoke of their responsibilities as law enforcement officers. “As law enforcement professionals, whether we are working on the street or inside the prison walls, we are entrusted with power and authority by the citizens we serve and with it great responsibility,” Coupe said. “By completing your academy training you have earned the privilege to serve with the Department of Correction, and to be entrusted with the authority and responsibilities of your positions. But it doesn’t end here, as an Officer, Counselor or Service Specialist with the Department of Correction you will have to “earn” that privilege every day.”

During the ceremony, Correctional Officer candidates took the oath of office and received their facility assignments. Correctional Officer candidate Reynald Aguas was named Outstanding Cadet by Department of Correction training staff, and Correctional Officer candidate Rolanda Mulbah was selected by her peers as class speaker. Staff Lieutenant Phil Lawrence, the class Primary Instructor, commended his cadets for their hard work and perseverance and for holding true to the oft-repeated quote: “Through discipline and readiness we are masters of our fate.”

CEIT combines hands-on and classroom training in multiple subject areas, including inmate supervision, weapons familiarization, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, substance abuse training, CPR/Basic First Aid and inter-personal communication.

CEIT Class 207 was led by the instruction team consisting of Primary Instructor, Staff Lt. Phil Lawrence, and Instructors Corporals Brian Lewis and Dallas Johnson, along with Drill Instructors, Corporals Latanya Smith, Otis Smith, and William Benton.

CEIT 207 class photo

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