SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury resident Nicholas Bodge was one of 27 correction officers recognized by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis during a Nov. 30 graduation ceremony at Worcester Technical High School.
“Today is a very special day, as all of you enter into the important and difficult profession of corrections," said keynote speaker, state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster). "Much will be asked of you each time you enter the jail and the prison doors close behind you. And it will not always be easy, but all of us are extremely grateful for your service and dedication to the noble profession of public safety.”
During the 12-week academy recruits are taught to handle the daily challenges of safely keeping the care, custody and control of inmates incarcerated at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction. Classroom topics include legal issues, mental health in a correctional setting, staff and inmate interaction, security and emergency procedures, interpersonal communication skills and use of force regulations.
In addition, instructors use hands-on training to teach defensive tactics, ﬁre safety, use of restraint, searches, driver training and weapons qualifications. Physical fitness is held daily. Students are also quizzed on policy weekly, and recruits must maintain an academic average of at least 70 percent to graduate.
“All 27 of you graduating here today should be very proud, as you have demonstrated hard work and dedication over the past 12 weeks to have conquered this challenging accomplishment,” said Evangelidis.