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For Immediate Release

November 9, 2007

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

NH Dept. of Corrections Graduates 36 New Employees

(Concord, NH) On Friday November 9, 2007, thirty-six newly hired employees graduated from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Academy program. Academy #86 was comprised of thirteen Corrections Officers and twenty-three non-uniformed employees who 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.

Security staff attended the full eight 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.

Of the thirteen graduating officers, five will be assigned to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, three to the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin, two to the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia, two to the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, and one to the Secure Psychiatric Unit/Residential Treatment Unit in Concord. The non-uniformed employees include seven mental health professionals, two pharmacy technicians, one dental assistant, two medical records assistants, four in Human Resources, and support staff.

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