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Graduates raise their right hands to take Oath of Honor
Members of CO Academy 48 recite the Oath of Honor.

A new group of correctional officers is on the job at Idaho Department of Correction facilities statewide.

The 47 graduates of Correction Academy 48 took the Oath of Honor Nov. 21, 2014 at the Peace Officers Standards Training Academy in Meridian.

You can see photos of the ceremony here.

In his remarks, the president of the class, Jeremy M. Fish, told his classmates that every day they must ask themselves what kind of officer they are going to be.

“I would encourage you to be the officer that is firm, fair and consistent,” Fish said. “Be the officer that that uses your authority to influence offenders in a positive way.”

Fish urged his classmates to set high standards for themselves, never become complacent and to be at the “top of their game” for each other.

“In choosing this career, we are now responsible for each other, our brothers and sisters,” Fish said. “It is no longer about us as individuals but about us as a family.” 

Idaho Maximum Security Institution Warden Al Ramirez delivered the graduation address. He told the graduates that as correctional officers they will have tremendous responsibility.

“You are ensuring the safety and security of people in the community, and you are also ensuring the safety and orderly operations of the facilities or units you are assigned to,” Ramirez said. “Most offenders are counting on you to help keep them safe so they can focus on treatment and education to prepare for release back into the communities.”

Story published: 12/11/2014
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