Can­di­dates grad­u­ate from crim­i­nal jus­tice academy corrections pro­gram

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Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) an­nounced this week the South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy (SMCJA) cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of 16 cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers from the Corrections En­trance Level Train­ing Pro­gram (CELTP) at a cer­e­mony held March 18 at Maurice McDonough High School in Pom­fret.

Eight of the grad­u­ates will work at the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, five will head to the St. Mary’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, and three will be em­ployed with the Calvert County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

“We are proud of all of the grad­u­ates. They will walk a tough beat, but the job it­self is truly re­ward­ing,” Berry said in a press re­lease. Berry em­pha­sized four ar­eas of im­por­tance for grad­u­ates: Lead­er­ship, in­tegrity, team­work, and ex­cel­lence.

Di­rec­tor of the SMCJA, First Sgt. Keith Hicks, wel­comed the grad­u­ates, their fam­i­lies and friends and spoke about the 10-week train­ing pro­gram that started Jan. 9 and in­cluded 382 hours of in­struc­tion.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, SMCJA in­struc­tors pre­sented awards to grad­u­ates who ex­celled in sev­eral cat­e­gories: Charles County Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Dy­lan Chad­bourne re­ceived the scholas­tic award for earn­ing a 99.2 per­cent grade point av­er­age, the highest in the class; the class, as a whole, boasted a 96.2 per­cent GPA. Chad­bourne also won the Steve Allen Award named af­ter one of the orig­i­nal founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer sev­eral years ago. Re­gard­ing the award, act­ing di­rec­tor of the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, Deputy Di­rec­tor Bran­don Fos­ter, said in the re­lease, “Be­ing se­lected for the Steve Allen Award is highly com­mend­able. The re­cruit demon­strated strong lead­er­ship, scholas­tic ap­ti­tude, and suc­ceeded highly in all train­ing cat­e­gories.”

Charles Pad­gett won the phys­i­cal train­ing award, scor­ing 758 out of 800 points dur­ing PT tests ad­min­is­tered at the be­gin­ning and end of the train­ing pro­gram. The class motto, cho­sen by the of­fi­cers at the be­gin­ning of the train­ing pro­gram, was “Al­ways ready, al­ways there.”

Jane Sachs, di­rec­tor of cor­rec­tional train­ing with the Mary­land Police and Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tutes Train­ing Com­mis­sion, shared open­ing re­marks. The Academy’s Board of Direc­tors — Berry, St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Capt. Michael Mer­i­can (rep­re­sent­ing Sher­iff Tim Cameron), and Calvert County Sher­iff Mike Evans — also spoke about the grad­u­ates’ new ca­reer. Deputy An­dre Mitchell and Joy Mitchell of the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice per­formed the Na­tional An­them and the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Honor Guard pre­sented the col­ors. Charles County Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer grad­u­ate An­gela Camp­bell was the class speaker. Ed Morony of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land spoke about an ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment be­tween the academy and the col­lege that pro­vides each grad­u­ate with six col­lege cred­its to­ward a crim­i­nal jus­tice de­gree. The Rev. Steve Davis, a Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Chap­lain, de­liv­ered the in­vo­ca­tion and bene­dic­tion.

The South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy con­grat­u­lates the fol­low­ing grad­u­ates:

Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice:

Bryce Ba­gley An­gela Camp­bell Dy­lan Chad­bourne Oc­tavius Hin­nant Trent King Robert Moy Charles Pad­gett Jes­sica Sweeney

St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice:

Dianne C. Carty Travis J. Howard Zachary W. Jerew Peggy A. Sparks Steven M. VanDe­van­der, Jr.

Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice:

Rasheed Im­mam Jes­sica Skyrm John Zalusky, II

Academy staff:

Di­rec­tor: First Sgt. Keith Hicks, Calvert County

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor:

Joseph Young, St. Mary’s County

Class Co­or­di­na­tor: Cpl. John Hotchkiss, Calvert County

Staff in­struc­tors:

CFC Ben­jamin Luf­fey, St. Mary’s County

Sgt. Harry Ivers, Charles County

Cpl. Michael Li­causi, St. Mary’s County

Cpl. Bri­anne Gray, Calvert County

Cpl. Joseph Charles County

Jen­nie Wood, County

Piazza,

Charles

Ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tants:

Kate McDon­ald Mau­reen Ue­bel­hoer

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