Illinois Department of Corrections holds first correctional officer cadet graduation for 2012
Class of 138 correctional officer cadets will join agency frontline staff to support IDOC’s mission of operating a safe and secure prison system and promoting public safety
SPRINGFIELD – February 10, 2012 – Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director S.A. Godinez announced that 138 correctional officer cadets graduated today at a ceremony held at IDOC’s Concordia Campus in Springfield. The new correctional officers will be assigned to IDOC correctional centers throughout the state.
“The IDOC Training Academy continues to perform an excellent job in preparing new frontline staff to support the agency’s mission of operating a safe and secure prison system for the state of Illinois,” said Godinez. “Through its comprehensive training program, the academy emphasizes professionalism, accountability and the highest ethical standards. We welcome and look forward to having these new cadets join our professional staff to effectively carryout the department’s responsibilities.”
Cadets at the IDOC Training Academy in Springfield complete a six-week, 240-hour Security Training Program. The cadets undergo intensive instruction that includes search procedures, firearms, control tactics, fire emergency, discipline, drug awareness, training exercises, employee ethics, professionalism, report writing, radio communication and exams.
Since the creation of the IDOC Training Academy in 1974, there have been 24,319 correctional officer cadet graduates.
IDOC operates 27 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers. The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system, enhancing prison-based treatment and prevention programs, and the successful reentry of inmates into society, which helps to reduce recidivism.