The Delaware Department of Correction graduated and assigned 29 employees from its Correctional Employee Initial Training academy in a ceremony held March 16.

The graduates took the oath of office and received their assignments in front of family, friends and DOC officials. CEIT class 224 had 25 correctional officers, two correctional counselors, one paralegal and one C/O physical plant maintenance mechanic.

The ceremony featured remarks by DOC Deputy Commissioner Alan Grinstead, training staff, Chaplain Gus Christo and words from class speaker Correctional Officer Lanett Tucker. The presentation of the Outstanding Cadet award to Correctional Officer Allen Boult also was featured.

Members of CEIT class 224 completed 10 weeks of training, including hands-on and classroom sessions in a multitude of capacities. Areas of concentration included inmate supervision, weapons and chemical munitions, defensive tactics, emergency preparedness, report writing, behavioral health training, CPR/basic first aid and inter-personal communication. They will join the ranks of more than 2,500 employees who uphold the department’s mission of protecting the public by supervising nearly 7,000 adult offenders in facilities throughout the state.

Graduating cadets were Willis Baynard, Allen Boult, Autumn Bryant, Karyokie Conway, Floberto Delva, Elvis Enongene, Cheron Gamble, Logan Hamm, Hassan Jackson, Jermaine Jefferies, Carmen Jimenez, Tyler Jiorle, Tyler Kromka, Ernest Louis II, Keith Lovette, Connor Mansfield, Evictus McMillian, Logan Messick, Trasina Miller, Matthew O’Connell, Jacob Payton, Adam Pierce, Kia Postell, Tres Roberts, Michael Taylor, Michael Thompson Jr., Lanett Tucker, Geoffrey Walker and Thomas Wilson.