Welcome Correction Academy 44

Graduates enter POST gym in two rows
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A new group of correctional officers is on the job at Idaho Department of Correction facilities statewide.

The 30 graduates of Correction Academy 44 took the Oath of Honor May 16, 2014 at the Peace Officer Standards Training Academy in Meridian.

You can see photos of the ceremony here.

In his remarks, the president of Academy 44, Tyler E. Sherfey, urged his classmates to stay in touch with their fellow officers.

“While we all now travel in different directions, we need to remember that we are all a part of the same family, a family that watches each other’s backs, trusts one another and supports each other,” Sherfey said. “That family is the family of law enforcement. Always remember that and take care of each other.”

South Idaho Correctional Institution Warden Steve Little delivered the graduation address. He told the graduates their presence, their professionalism and the partnerships they build will help further IDOC’s mission of reducing recidivism.

About presence Little said, “No one can look at their life and make decisions regarding change if they are spending their time worrying about whether they will make it through the day.”

About professionalism Little said, “You need to be respectful and address the needs of the population with professional demeanor… Clear, professional communication will help keep things in control and sometimes buy the time you need for help to arrive.”

About partnerships Little said, “We are all in this together -- case managers food service workers, correctional officers, medical staff, supervisors.  We depend on each other for our safety and the safe and orderly operation of the facility.  You are part of a larger team.”

Story published: 05/28/2014
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