Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrates graduation of 309th class of Recruits
Milford (November 23, 2011)--The Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) celebrated the graduation of its 309th recruit class on November 23, 2011 at Fitchburg State University. The 309th graduating class had 101 corrections professionals, including 83 Correction Officers and 18 Correction Program Officers. Their achievements were recognized by DOC Commissioner Luis S. Spencer, who administered the oath of office. Raymond Marchilli, Superintendent, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit, gave the keynote speech. William Dupre, Director of Staff Development and Recruit Training Class President Joe R. Garcia were among the speakers.
The 101 member class has completed a 12 week recruit training program structured to balance contemporary policing 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 six years, 24 classes of recruits have graduated adding over 1,978 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.