The Delaware Department of Correction graduated 11 cadets from the basic officer training course.

The graduates were sworn in as probation officers in front of family, friends and DOC officials.

The ceremony included remarks from Deputy Commissioner Alan Grinstead, Chaplain Gus Christo, Training Administrator Jodie Hunter, Primary Instructor Alison Justiniano and class speaker Olivia Banton. Grinstead recognized the families of each graduate and thanked them for the support and encouragement shown to the cadets over the 10-week training academy. The academy provided a foundation of knowledge, skills and techniques required to effectively supervise and manage adult offenders in the community. Among the topics addressed are conditions of supervision, offender assessments, victim services, weapons training, defensive tactics, offender contact, substance abuse training and CPR/basic first aid.

Grinstead congratulated the graduates and provided inspiration to the group as they embark upon their career in law enforcement.

Graduates included Olivia Banton, of Newark, assigned to Cherry Lane Probation and Parole; Chad Duranso, of Dover, assigned to Hares Corner Probation and Parole; Paul Henry, of Newark, assigned to Cherry Lane Probation and Parole; Alexandria Jackson, of Smyrna, assigned to Cherry Lane Probation and Parole; Rodney Jones, of Dover, assigned to Cherry Lane Probation and Parole; Courtney McEntee, of Middletown, assigned to Hares Corner Probation and Parole; Kate Rodriguez, of Wilmington, assigned to Cherry Lane Probation and Parole; Emmanuel Serna, of Laurel, assigned to Dover Probation and Parole; and Allyson Thompson, of Delmar, assigned to Dover Probation and Parole.