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23 graduate from state Probation and Parole training academy

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015



Dover – At a ceremony today at the Department of Correction’s (DOC) Employee Development Center, 23 recruits graduated from the Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC) which prepares Probation and Parole Officers to supervise offenders serving sentences of probation. The graduates, who took the oath of office and received their assignments before family, friends, Department of Correction leaders, and colleagues, join 300 fellow Probation and Parole Officers from the Department’s Bureau of Community Corrections who supervise more than 15,000 adult probationers statewide.

BOTC is a ten-week program combining classroom and hand-on instruction on skills, procedures, and techniques to promote public safety through effective supervision of adult offenders who live in the community. Among the topics addressed in the training were offender assessment, weapons training, legal issues, search and seizure law, defensive tactics, motivational interviewing, and case processing.

During his remarks to the graduates Commissioner of Correction Robert Coupe acknowledged the critical law enforcement role that Probation and Parole officers play in engaging offenders to make good choices and in reducing crime. “Supervising individuals who have been convicted of a crime is an incredible challenge, but one that our officers courageously face every day, ensuring the safety of our communities by guiding offenders as they overcome the challenges they face in life,” Coupe said. “I applaud you for choosing a career of public service and for dedicating yourself to making a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Today’s graduates consisted of 17 Probation and Parole Officer candidates who took the oath of office and received their facility assignments, along with 4 Correctional Officers who are assigned to DOC Work Release and Violation of Probation facilities that are administered by the Bureau of Community Corrections and 2 Officers with Delaware’s Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services who participated in the weapons instruction component of the training academy. During the ceremony, Probation and Parole Officer candidate Thomas Wallace was selected by his peers as class speaker and he was also named Outstanding Cadet by Department of Correction training staff.

BOTC Class 13 was led by the instruction team consisting of Primary Instructor, Staff Lt. Jodie Hunter and Instructors, Corporal Theresa Carrothers, along with Drill Instructors, Corporals Latanya Smith, Otis Smith, and William Benton. A photo of today’s graduating class follows below, with Commissioner Robert Coupe, Staff Lt. Jodie Hunter, Cpl. Theresa Carrothers, and Deputy Commissioner Perry Phelps seated at front, left to right respectively.

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23 graduate from state Probation and Parole training academy

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015



Dover – At a ceremony today at the Department of Correction’s (DOC) Employee Development Center, 23 recruits graduated from the Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC) which prepares Probation and Parole Officers to supervise offenders serving sentences of probation. The graduates, who took the oath of office and received their assignments before family, friends, Department of Correction leaders, and colleagues, join 300 fellow Probation and Parole Officers from the Department’s Bureau of Community Corrections who supervise more than 15,000 adult probationers statewide.

BOTC is a ten-week program combining classroom and hand-on instruction on skills, procedures, and techniques to promote public safety through effective supervision of adult offenders who live in the community. Among the topics addressed in the training were offender assessment, weapons training, legal issues, search and seizure law, defensive tactics, motivational interviewing, and case processing.

During his remarks to the graduates Commissioner of Correction Robert Coupe acknowledged the critical law enforcement role that Probation and Parole officers play in engaging offenders to make good choices and in reducing crime. “Supervising individuals who have been convicted of a crime is an incredible challenge, but one that our officers courageously face every day, ensuring the safety of our communities by guiding offenders as they overcome the challenges they face in life,” Coupe said. “I applaud you for choosing a career of public service and for dedicating yourself to making a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Today’s graduates consisted of 17 Probation and Parole Officer candidates who took the oath of office and received their facility assignments, along with 4 Correctional Officers who are assigned to DOC Work Release and Violation of Probation facilities that are administered by the Bureau of Community Corrections and 2 Officers with Delaware’s Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services who participated in the weapons instruction component of the training academy. During the ceremony, Probation and Parole Officer candidate Thomas Wallace was selected by his peers as class speaker and he was also named Outstanding Cadet by Department of Correction training staff.

BOTC Class 13 was led by the instruction team consisting of Primary Instructor, Staff Lt. Jodie Hunter and Instructors, Corporal Theresa Carrothers, along with Drill Instructors, Corporals Latanya Smith, Otis Smith, and William Benton. A photo of today’s graduating class follows below, with Commissioner Robert Coupe, Staff Lt. Jodie Hunter, Cpl. Theresa Carrothers, and Deputy Commissioner Perry Phelps seated at front, left to right respectively.

Basic Officer Training Course Class 13 graduates
Basic Officer Training Course Class 13 graduates
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