Welcome CO Academy 41

Officers salute as honor guard presents flag
CO Academy 41's graduation ceremony

A new group of officers is now on the job at correctional facilities in Idaho.

The 39 graduates of Correction Academy 41 took the Oath of Honor Nov. 8, 2013 at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy in Meridian.

POST training specialist Kerry LaFramboise says he has worked with many correctional academies over the past nine years, and what he finds notable about Academy 41 is the way its members quickly came together as a team.

"This academy came together strong from day one and has grown stronger since," LaFramboise says.  "The unity I have seen, the covering for each other, helping each other out, the study groups everything that you've done you've done phenomenally."

North Idaho Correctional Institution Warden Lynn Guyer delivered the graduation address.  He recalled the advice that Jim Valvano, the colorful North Carolina State University basketball coach offered just before he died from cancer in 1993.

"If you keep three things in life straight, life is good. Your faith, your family, your friends," Guyer said.

In his remarks, the president of the Academy 41, Joshua Nelson reminded his classmates of their class motto, "Be the change."

"What that means to me is to be the change we want to see in our offenders," Nelson said. "The way we present ourselves and interact with the offenders will either help them to succeed on the outside or come visit us again."

Story published: 11/14/2013
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