Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrates graduation of 312th Class of Recruits
Milford, MA (March 21, 2013)--The Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrated the graduation of its 312th recruit class on March 21, 2013 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The 312th graduating class had 147 corrections professionals, including 136 Correction Officers, three Correction Officer Head Cooks and eight Industrial Instructors. Their achievements were recognized by DOC Commissioner Luis S. Spencer, who administered the oath of office. DOC Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Classification Carol Mici gave the keynote speech. Criminal Justice Undersecretary Sandra McCroom, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; William Dupre, DOC Director of Staff Development; and Recruit Training Class President Correction Officer Richard J. Sawyer Jr. were among the speakers.
The 147 member class has completed a 10 week recruit training program structured to balance contemporary instructional strategies and traditional military drill protocols to prepare recruits to successfully work in correctional institutions. Correction officer graduates completed classes at the Shirley Training Academy and received on-the-job training at various correctional facilities. Immediately upon graduation, all will begin permanent assignments in the correctional facilities.
The Mass. Department of Correction Division of Staff Development has been honored by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel with its Innovative Approaches Award for its ground-breaking curriculum reflecting reality and performance based training.
Over the last eight years, 27 classes of recruits have graduated adding over 2,4281 new correction professionals to the Department.
The Mass. Department of Correction employs approximately 5,000 and houses over 11,500 inmates in 18 facilities, ranging from pre-release to maximum security.