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New Adult Corrections Officers Honored at Graduation

May 11, 2017, 10:02 AM HST
* Updated May 10, 8:20 AM
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New corrections officers take their oath during graduation. Photo courtesy of PSD.

The Department of Public Safety (PSD) has announced the graduation of 47 new adult correctional officers. The recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Recruit Class (BCRC) 17-01 training and were honored during a ceremony held at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu.

Now graduated, the officers will begin their careers as correctional officers in facilities throughout the state.

“As this hard working class embarks on a career of public service, they will soon learn that the task of protecting inmates, staff, visitors and ultimately the community, is a challenging, yet rewarding one,” said Training Sergeant-in-Charge, Jesus Benitez. “These men and women now have the knowledge and training to be successful in their new career.”

BCRC is a 9-week training program that includes 360 hours of classroom time and physical training. The course teaches standards of conduct, professionalism and ethics, report writing, interpersonal communication, security maintenance, crisis intervention, security threat groups (gangs), mental health, first aid, firearms and self-defense strategies.

All classes receive Recruit Field Training as part of their Basic Corrections Training. During the final weeks of the course, they begin working in an assigned facility under the guidance of their training sergeants.

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The 47 graduates have been assigned to the following jail and prison facilities across the state:

  • O‘ahu Community Correctional Center           12
  • Women’s Community Correctional Center      12
  • Halawa Correctional Facility                          8
  • Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center          6
  • Maui Community Correctional Center            4
  • Waiawa Correctional Facility                         4
  • Kauai Community Correctional Center           1
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