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Illinois Department of Corrections Holds its First Correctional Officer Cadet Graduation of 2011 

SPRINGFIELD – Feb. 18, 2011 - Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Acting Director Gladyse Taylor announced that 144 correctional officer cadets graduated today at a ceremony held at IDOC’s Concordia Campus in Springfield.

“We are proud of these new correctional officers along with all recent graduates from the academy and we look forward to them joining the professional staff at IDOC,” said Taylor. “Safety and security of the public, staff and inmates are the agency’s top priority and the new recruits will continue their training as they support that mission.”

Cadets complete a six-week, 240-hour Security Training Program held at the IDOC Training Academy in Springfield. These 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.

The new Correctional Officers will be assigned to IDOC facilities throughout the state. In FY11 4 classes have graduated and two more are projected to graduate by June 30th. There are 5 classes projected to graduate from the IDOC Training Academy in FY12. 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 as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society which will lead to lowering recidivism rates.