BOURNE – On Friday evening, twenty-two men and women joined the uniformed ranks at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office as Correctional Officers.
Sheriff James Cummings addressed the new correctional officers and approximately two-hundred people who attended the ceremony at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center:
“Tonight’s graduates will join our corrections staff in operating a safe and secure correctional facility, supervising inmates on a round-the-clock basis. These individuals are sentenced to our facility by the courts of Barnstable County as punishment – not for punishment. Today’s role of the Sheriff’s Office is more than security; we have a responsibility to rehabilitate the inmates to deter their return to jail once released.”
The 11-week academy included physical training and defensive tactics as well as hands-on problem solving and inmate contact, instruction that gives graduates a concrete start as they report for duty. Recruits were taught how to write reports, detect suicidal behavior, supervise and interact with inmates of all types, administer first-aid/CPR. They were also instructed in firearms training, handcuffing and other restraint techniques, ethics and professionalism, gang identification, and fire safety.
The following individuals graduated on Friday and received their silver correctional officer badge:
The class president was Corrections Officer Jason Mahoney; class vice president was Christopher Cochran; class treasurer was Lorrie McDaniel; and class secretary was Natasha Lyon.