Graduation ceremony welcomes new Big Island adult correctional officers

PAPAIKOU, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Twenty-six recruits will now begin their careers as adult correctional officers after a graduation ceremony and luncheon took place Friday at the Papaikou Hongwanji Hall.

Hawaii Police Department Assistant Chief Henry Tavares, the keynote speaker at the graduation, said he would encourage the new recruits to aim high in their career goals and strive to do their best.

"The example you should set as you carry out your duties is that of a professional," said Assistant Chief Tavares. "You will go far in your career as long as you are committed to the mission of your department, to uphold justice by providing correctional and law enforcement services to Hawaii's communities with professionalism, integrity and fairness."

Recruits participated in an eight-week training that included 320 hours of classroom time and physical training. Recruits learned standard of conduct, professionalism and ethics, report writing, interpersonal communications, maintaining security, crisis intervention, security threat groups, firearms, self-defense tactics and physical exercise.

Many corrections officers are transferring to Kulani Correctional Facility when it opens July 1.  This class will help to fill some of the vacancies at HCCC.

"These new recruits will be responsible for the care, custody and treatment of the people who are incarcerated at HCCC," said Public Safety Director Ted Sakai. "It's not the easiest environment to work in, but it's a good career for those who are patient and professional and willing to do their best.  Those people will go far."

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