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IDOC holds its first correctional officer cadet graduation for Fiscal Year 2015 

Director S. A. “Tony” Godinez addresses 138 correctional officer cadets at the July 25, 2014, graduation.
SPRINGFIELD – July 25, 2014 – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) today held its first cadet graduation for Fiscal Year 2015 with 138 correctional officer cadets joining the agency’s frontline staff. The new correctional officers are assigned to IDOC correctional centers throughout the state to help meet the operational needs of the agency.

“The IDOC Training Academy has built the foundation of our structure and performs an excellent job preparing new frontline staff to support the department’s mission of operating a safe and secure prison system for the state of Illinois,” said IDOC Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez.

During the ceremony, Godinez reflected on the importance of the department’s legacy and leadership as well as the honor, dedication and courage of employees.

“Today, your journey is just beginning in carrying out the agency’s mission of excellence,” he said to IDOC’s new frontline staff. “Through your commitment and team work, you can rise to become a leader in carving a path for others to follow.”

In his remarks, Godinez also underscored the characteristics of becoming a successful member of IDOC, including the quality of caring.

IDOC held its first cadet graduation for Fiscal Year 2015 on July 25, 2014, with 138 correctional officer cadets joining the agency’s frontline staff.

“We care about people,” Godinez said. “That includes staff, inmates, families and the public at large. Ours is a profession that is crucial for society. If public safety is the door, then caring holds the key.”

The July 25, 2014, ceremony marks the 288th IDOC cadet graduation since the creation of the IDOC Training Academy in 1974, bringing the total number of graduates to 25,601. Cadets at the Training Academy in Springfield complete a six-week, 240-hour Security Training Program. The cadets undergo intensive instruction that includes search procedures, use of firearms, control tactics, fire emergency, discipline, drug awareness, training exercises, employee ethics, professionalism, report writing, radio communication and exams.

The IDOC 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. The agency operates 29 correctional centers and adult transition centers around the state.