New Correctional Entry Level Academy Graduation Friday, August 24 at 2 at Fairplay Fire Hall

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TOWSON, MD (August 21, 2012) ---The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has significantly revised and expanded its correctional academy training, and this is the first graduation from the “new” Correctional Entry Level Training Program.

The length of the program has been expanded to 35 days, which includes five full days of Defensive Tactics Training; numerous days of Professionalism and Ethics; Inmate Manipulation and Fraternization; and multiple days of Report Writing and Testifying in Court. Other classes that have been greatly expanded are Cultural Sensitivity; Special Management Issues (youthful offenders, female offenders, etc.); Mental Health; Substance Abuse; Interpersonal Communication; and Gangs/Security Threat Groups. In preparation for Defensive Tactics training, recruits are exposed to Physical Training starting the first week of the Academy to build stamina and endurance. The goal is to graduate correctional professionals who are well-prepared, educated and eager to fulfill the mission of the Department.

DPSCS Deputy Secretary J. Michael Stouffer and Del. Leroy Myers will both speak to the graduates during the ceremony, which will feature the Honor Guard from the Hagerstown DPSCS correctional complex.

WHAT: Correctional Entry Level Academy Graduation

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2012
              2 p.m.

WHERE: Fairplay Fire Hall
                Off MD Route 65
                Fairplay, MD