Hagerstown Correctional Training Academy Graduates 19
Ceremony scheduled Thursday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.

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TOWSON, MD (October 19, 2010) -Nineteen officers graduating Thursday will go on to work at the three facilities located south of Hagerstown on Roxbury Road.

Media is invited to the 2 p.m. ceremony. Please RSVP to Erin Julius on attached if planning to attend.

The ceremony will be held at the Jeffery A. Wroten Memorial Training Complex.

Since 1971, Maryland has required all state and local correctional officers to be certified by the state's Correctional Training Commission. Before being chosen as a candidate to be a correctional officer, an individual must meet the Commission's selection standards. Among the items included in this process are physical and mental fitness examinations, drug testing, background screening and oral interviews.

A selected candidate must then undergo training in an intense program. The Commission requires a minimum of 160 hours training - one month - for correctional officers.

Twelve academies throughout the state provide training in a variety of subjects pertaining to corrections, the supervision and treatment of inmates, and also the security, custody, control and discipline of inmates.

Individuals must receive passing scores of at least 75 percent on each academy examination. Those who successfully complete the training are graduated from the academy and are eligible to be certified as a correctional officer by the Correctional Training Commission.

The following are scheduled to graduate Thursday from the five-week academy:

These officers will go on to work at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown:

  • Kathryn Costa-Sweeney
  • Justin Chappell
  • Mallory Fischer
  • Kaleb Younker
  • Mark Niewodowski Jr.
  • Duane Shives
  • John Swope
  • Justin Weimer
  • Wade Beal
  • Patty Forsythe
  • Christopher Hinton
  • William Caskey
  • Pedro Lopez Jr.

These officers will go on to work at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown:

  • Michael Bible
  • Donald Newlin
  • Kenneth Prentice
  • Justin Renner
  • Donna Thomas

This officer will go on to work at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown:

  • Michael Johnson