We would like to congratulate the 23 cadets who graduated from Pre-Service Academy Sept. 6, 2018. Welcome to the Corrections family! Class 297 selected a class motto of, “Strength Within, Pride Throughout.” Of the 23 who completed the academy, 17 will work in county jails, five will work for the Department of Corrections and one will work for the Board of Pardons and Parole.
The cadets completed 15 weeks of legal classes, defensive tactics, physical fitness training, firearms training and multiple certification exams to graduate with POST certification.
During the ceremony, the state's newest correctional officers heard from Sheriff Cory Pulsipher of Washington County and Jeremy Sharpe, Director of Prison Operations for the Utah Department of Corrections. Nick Hoyt earned the honor of class speaker.
Six cadets earned awards for outstanding performance in specific areas during the training. Carol Herrin received the Academic Award. Steven Boles earned the Physical Fitness Trainee award. Kade Boren earned the Outstanding Trainee Award, which is sponsored by the Utah Public Employees Association. Wilbert Terrell earned the Professionalism Award, sponsored by the Utah Correctional Association. The Firearms Award was given to Gina Birch.
Congratulations to all.