Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice wel­comes nine new cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers

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Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry an­nounced the South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of 15 cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers — nine from Charles County — from the 57th Cor­rec­tions En­trance Level Train­ing Pro­gram at a cer­e­mony held May 19 at La Plata High School in La Plata. The pro­gram re­quires each cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer to com­plete an eight-week, 320 hour Ba­sic Cor­rec­tions Academy, which ex­ceeds the state min­i­mum for all cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers work­ing in lo­cal cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties across Mary­land.

“Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cers have the op­por­tu­nity to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on our com­mu­nity,” Berry said in a press re­lease. “They are re­spon­si­ble for the safety and se­cu­rity of the in­mates, but they also have a role in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and help­ing them get back on track upon their re­lease. We look for­ward to our new grad­u­ates mak­ing such an im­pact here in Charles County.”

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, SMCJA in­struc­tors pre­sented awards to grad­u­ates who ex­celled in aca­demics, phys­i­cal fit­ness, and lead­er­ship. Ar­don Wil­liams of Charles County won the Steve Allen Lead­er­ship Award, named af­ter one of the orig­i­nal founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer sev­eral years ago. Wil­liams was se­lected by the staff as hav­ing con­sis­tently demon­strated the at­tributes of lead­er­ship, ini­tia­tive, mo­ti­va­tion, and com­pas­sion through­out his at­ten­dance at the academy, the very foun­da­tion for which this award was cre­ated.

The other grad­u­ated of­fi­cers are: Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Wy­att B. Adams, Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Nate J. Cargill, Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Myles R. Chase-Johnson (distin­guished grad­u­ate), Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Jacob D. Estes, Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Joseph L. Hus­ton (distin­guished grad­u­ate), Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Kayla P. Medlin, Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Dar­rell J. Ste­wart (distin­guished grad­u­ate) and Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Archie Turner.

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