Twenty men and women graduated from the 225th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction on April 27 and were assigned to facilities throughout the state.

The 11-week long training program focuses on a professional development curriculum critical to developing the skills of correctional staff in achieving the mission of public safety and reducing recidivism. The training program includes inmate supervision, weapons and chemical munitions, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, behavioral health training, CPR/basic first aid and inter-personal communication.

The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning along the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums Unit. The presentation of the Outstanding Cadet award to Christopher Patton and class speaker Noel Sierra was also included.

Commissioner Perry Phelps spoke on the importance of integrity, courage, accountability, respect and diversity.

The instructional team for CEIT Class 225 included Primary Instructor Randall Meding and Drill Instructors Vincent Lewis and Latanya Smith.