Corrections officer recruits graduate

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - After months of training, 13 men and women are ready to begin serving as guards at Oahu's correctional facilities.

The corrections officer recruits graduated during a ceremony in Waikiki Friday. The 11 men and two women underwent 384 hours of training.

State public safety officials handed out special awards for academics, physical fitness, top gun and most inspirational.

"On April 20th, 2009, 13 recruits came in as individuals," Matthew Kuresa, class representative, said. "June 26, 2009, 13 recruits leaves as a team."

The graduating class also included eight civilians who will work on the corrections staff. They completed 80 hours of training.