(Concord, NH) On Friday March 27, 2009, twenty-three new employees graduated from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Academy program. Of those graduating, eight are Corrections Officers, six have medical and forensics positions, one is Probation/Parole Officer and eight non-uniformed employees are in programming positions.
Filling in for Commissioner William L. Wrenn who has been on medical leave this week, Assistant Commissioner William G. McGonagle spoke to the graduates of the 90th Academy about the challenging economic environment facing the Department and the State, acknowledging the probability of layoffs. In his message, the Assistant Commissioner urged the graduates to be hopeful, even in times of adversity, describing them as “a vital part of DOC’s hope for the future.”
Rep. Gene Charron (R-Chester), a member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, also spoke to the graduating class.
During the mandatory nine-week pre-service academy, the employees received training in offender management, inter-personal communication, emergency preparedness, CPR, ethics, basic New Hampshire law, health and fitness, and a variety of other skills. They resolved a series of scenarios to simulate the unpredictable challenges that they face daily behind prison walls.
Security staff attended the full nine weeks while non-uniformed employees primarily attended the educational portion of the Academy. Security staff must be certified or receive training in firearms, defensive tactics, radio use, cell extractions, and searches.