Thirty-eight men and women graduated from the 226th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction on June 22 and were assigned to facilities statewide.

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 interpersonal communication.

The ceremony featured a traditional badge pinning, a performance by the Dover Fire Pipes and Drums, the presentation of the Outstanding Cadet awarded to Christopher Gates and class speaker James Faust.

The instructional team for CEIT Class 226 comprised Primary Instructor Dean Edge; and Drill Instructors Andrew Krzanowski, Latanya Smith and Brett Hamstead.

The graduates begin their new careers with the Delaware Department of Correction the week of June 25.