The Delaware Department of Correction recently graduated and assigned 31 employees from its Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy.

The graduates took the oath of office and received their assignments in front of family, friends, and DOC officials. CEIT class 221 comprised 25 correctional officers, two correctional counselors, two Department of Education teachers and two work program coordinators. The ceremony featured remarks by DOC Deputy Commissioner Alan Grinstead, training staff, Chaplain Gus Christo and inspirational words from class speaker Correctional Officer Joseph Kraft.

Members of CEIT class 221 completed 10 weeks of training, including hands-on and classroom sessions in a multitude of capacities. Areas of concentration included inmate supervision, weapons and chemical munitions, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, substance abuse training, CPR/basic first aid and interpersonal communication. They will join the ranks of more than 2,500 employees who uphold the department’s mission of protecting the public by supervising nearly 7,000 adult offenders in facilities throughout the state.

Graduating correctional officers were Jean Almestica, Ernest Banahene, Aretha Brooks, Tiesean Curington, Ryan Curry, Gatah Duniya, Jason Faust, Keith Hernandez, Kylil Hinman, Cornelius Horgan, Vondaa King, Joseph Kraft, Jennifer Lewis, Briayna Mabry, Peggy Miller, Aaron Newton, Robert Rochester, Steven Schemeley, Brent Schoof, Steven Schoolfield, Traneigh Triplett, Yidel Velasquez, Byron Waugh II, Larry Welch Jr. and Cara Zeman.

Graduating correctional counselors were Tina Cooper and Larkay Wesley. Graduating Department of Education teachers were John Friedel and Rozie Townsend-Reed. Graduating work program coordinators were Leroy Jett and Matthew Seaton.