The Department of Public Safety welcomed a new class of adult correctional officers Friday at a graduation ceremony and luncheon held at the Hale Koa Hotel.
Thirty-seven recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Training.
BCT is an 8-week training that includes 440 hours of classroom time and physical training. Recruits learn standard of conduct, professionalism and ethics, report writing, interpersonal communications, maintaining security, crisis intervention, security threat groups, firearms, self-defense tactics, and physical exercise.
"This class worked extremely hard over the past 8 weeks and they showed a great deal of dedication," says Acting Lieutenant Dawn Clemente, BCT Officer in Charge. "This isn’t an easy job — one not only has to be a peacekeeper in the prisons and jails, but a counselor, mediator, role model, and above all else, a professional."
This is the second class on Oahu to receive Recruit Field Training along with BCT. That means, during the final weeks of training, they go into the facility and begin their job with the guidance of their training sergeants. They are also the second Oahu class to go through the updated recruitment testing that was part of the revamped Basic Corrections Training.
"The training classes were changed about a year ago in efforts to find better qualified applicants. We want these officers to not just settle for a job, but make an actual career out of being a correctional officer," says Max Otani, Deputy Director for Corrections. "We have updated and modified our training curriculum to provide the most current and proven best practices used in correctional facilities around the country."
The following number of graduates have been assigned to correctional centers/facilities:
- Oahu Community Correctional Center: 15
- Women’s Community Correctional Center: 9
- Halawa Correctional Facility: 9
- Waiawa Correctional Facility: 4