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For Immediate Release

June 22, 2007

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NH Dept. of Corrections Academy #85 Concludes with Graduation

(Concord, NH) On Friday June 22, 2007, twenty-five newly hired employees graduated from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Academy program. Academy #85 was comprised of fifteen Corrections Officers, seven non-uniformed employees, and two Non-Department employees who will be assigned to a prison facility. They will report to their new assignments immediately.

The mandatory eight-week pre-service academy provided new staff with the tools to succeed as Corrections employees. 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.

This was the first pre-service academy to break the traditional training mold. Security staff attended the full eight weeks while non-uniformed employees primarily attended the educational portion of the Academy; about four weeks. Security staff must be certified or receive training in firearms, defensive tactics, radio use, cell extractions, and searches. Previously all new employees attended the full eight weeks.

Of the fifteen graduating officers, ten will be assigned to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, three to the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia, and two to the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown. The non-uniformed employees include a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Vocational Education instructor, a Probation/Parole Officer, a maintenance engineer, a recreational therapist, and a warehouse worker. The two Non-Department graduates include a contracted employee for the Family Connections Center in Laconia and an employee from the Office of Information Technology assigned to the Concord prison.

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