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Sheriff’s Office Gains Eight New Correctional Officers

Officers Complete 10 Weeks of Training

(Bel Air, MD – October 27, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding and Acting Warden Elwood Dehaven of the Harford County Detention Center, presided over the graduation of eight new correctional officers from the Entrance Level Corrections Class #13. The class graduated on Wednesday, October 18, 2006. The commencement exercise was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.

The eight correctional officers completed 10 grueling weeks and more than 390 hours of intensive training sanctioned by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The officers received specialized training in various courses, and were required to satisfactorily pass more than 200 course objectives.

The newest graduates from the Harford County Sheriff's Office Training Academy are: Shawn Forton, Dominic Fabrizio, Luke Husemann, Christopher Jerousek, Larry Lowe, Belinda Mier, Perry Weimer and Michael Wilsynski.

Correctional Officer Larry Lowe was recognized as class valedictorian and graduated with an overall average of 95.6 percent. Additionally four the eight correctional officer recruits graduated with honors with a GPA of 90 percent or higher.

Among those attending the graduation ceremony were State Senator Bob Hooper, Clerk of the Court James Reilly, Councilman Richard Slutsky, Pat Bradley, Executive Director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions and members of the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff.

Sheriff Golding was assisted by Acting Warden Dehaven in presenting each of the correctional officers with their diplomas. Clerk of the Court Reilly administered the oath of office to the new officers.

During his remarks to the class, Sheriff Golding advised that the Harford County Sheriff's Office is constantly seeking qualified applicants to serve as correctional officers. During the next three years the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Harford County Government, will be undertaking an expansion of the Harford County Detention Center. As a result of the expansion the Sheriff’s Office will need approximately 83 new correctional officers.

Recruits who successfully complete training as a correctional officer with Harford County receive nine credits towards an Associate Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Harford Community College.

For further information regarding career opportunities as a correctional officer with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, call 1-877-562-3888 or visit the Harford County Sheriff's Office website at www.harfordsheriff.org.