Welcome Correctional Academy 40

CO Academy 40 class photo
Photo courtesy Rhonda Brasher, POST certification specialist

A new group of correctional officers is now on the job at IDOC facilities statewide.

The 30 graduates of POST Correction Academy 40 took the Oath of Honor September 27, 2013 at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy in Meridian.

Pocatello Women's Correctional Center Warden Nancy Espeseth delivered the graduation address. She told the graduates that they are about to embark on a journey that is demanding, challenging and rewarding, and she urged them to use the power that comes with their position wisely and appropriately as they work with inmates.

"Due to their own behavior, they've lost their families, their homes, their livelihood and most of them are destitute," Espeseth said.  "And it is our opportunity as a correctional officer and a department to serve our mission statement of helping rehabilitae these people and reduce the recidivism rate when they come out of detention."

The academy's class president, Michael Madsen, reminded his classmates they are not perfect and to learn from the mistakes they will surely make.

"Not only will the way you handle those mistakes speak for your moral character, by they will teach you invaluable lessons to use in both your personal and professional lives," Madsen said.

Story published: 10/02/2013

Special awards and acknowledgements

Class president – Michael Q. Madsen

Class vice-president – Christian A. Briggs

Tactical Edge Award – Michael Q. Madsen

Top Student – Christian Briggs

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