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Twenty Officers Graduate from “New” DPSCS Correctional Academy
Revised and expanded curriculum will produce better-prepared officers

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(August 27, 2012) --- Twenty men and women graduated from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) entry level correctional academy in Hagerstown this month, the first class in a completely re-written and expanded curriculum designed to produce more professional, better-trained officers.

Seventeen of the new officers will work at the three DPSCS prisons south of Hagerstown: Maryland Correctional Institution, Maryland Correctional Training Center and Roxbury Correctional Institution. The other three will work at the local detention centers in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties.

The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC), which are responsible for training virtually every law enforcement officer in the state, spent months totally updating the training. The end result: recruits now undergo 35 days of training; more scenario-based exercises; much more intensive physical training; and classes on inmate behavior, fraternization, mental health, and dealing with special populations.

photo2DPSCS Deputy Secretary J. Michael Stouffer told the graduates how far the department has come in recent years in its quest to improve security and turn out more professional staff, as well as inmates who are better prepared for life on the outside.

"The new Correctional Entry Level Training Program is a strong collaborative effort designed to prepare the recruits for the reality of life inside the walls of Maryland's prisons and jails,” says Jane Sachs, who heads up the correctional training component at PCTC. “The new Academy is built upon a combination of para-military order and adult learning concepts complete with demerits and computerized testing. The goal is to graduate correctional professionals who are well-prepared, educated and eager to fulfill the mission of the Department."

Local media from the Hagerstown region covered the auspicious event.

Another class of recruits will graduate from the central Maryland regional academy at Sykesville next month.