25-recruits have now become corrections officers after graduating Monmouth County's Police Academy and are set for deployment across the state of New Jersey.

The Tuesday November 21 graduation ceremony from the 35th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers came after an "intense" 12-week curriculum that preps the recruits for their careers as correction officers.

"It takes dedication, courage and compassion to have a career in law enforcement," Sheriff Shaun Golden said. "As these corrections officers join the ranks of professional men and women, those values will guide them in safeguarding lives and property and preserving peace in a correctional environment. I commend the family and friends of today's graduates for the support they provided to each of these graduates during the past 12 weeks of transition from recruit to corrections officer."

The 12-week course run by the Monmouth County Police Academy tested recruits strength through various physical training drills as well as teaching them how to properly use batons, firearms, emergency medical response, unarmed self-defense and handcuffing techniques.

In the classroom it was focuses on law enforcement and ethics, stress management, contraband, evidence processing, characteristics of inmates and drug interdiction and identification.

"These selfless men and women have committed their professional lives to serving in public safety and I applaud them," Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office and member of the Police Academy Board of Directors said. "Their extensive training and personal character leave them well-prepared for a career in law enforcement and we are truly grateful for their efforts."

"The outstanding men and women graduating today should be praised for choosing a career based on service," Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, a member of the Police Academy Board of Directors said. "Being a corrections officer is challenging work but I have no doubt they have been expertly prepared thanks to the diligence and expertise of their instructors."

Training for the Basic Course for County Corrections Officers is coordinated by Staff Sgt. Christopher Citarella of the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Corrections Division.

An amazing 690-corrections officers have completed this course to date.

Of the 25 graduated recruits, 14 will serve at the Union County Department of Corrections, 10 will serve at the Middlesex County Department of Corrections and one will serve at the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division.

Here is a full list of the graduates and who they're representing:

Iris D. Brana                            Union County Department of Corrections

Michael S. Fredda                   Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Angelica M. Garcia                 Union County Department of Corrections

Irlanda S. Garcia                     Union County Department of Corrections

Wesley Glessman                    Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Sean R. Graves                       Union County Department of Corrections

Brittany L. Greenhill               Union County Department of Corrections

Shannan M. Henn                   Union County Department of Corrections

William E. Hicks, III.             Union County Department of Corrections

Attila Hosszu                          Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Roberta E. Johnson                 Union County Department of Corrections

David G. Laboriel                   Union County Department of Corrections

Nicolas T. Leonardi                Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Wilson A. Morales                  Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Jose A. Moscat                        Union County Department of Corrections

Christian Osorio                      Union County Department of Corrections

Christian A. Paez                    Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Steven Paladines                     Union County Department of Corrections

Cynthia A. Pydeski                 Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Kyle P. Reardon                     Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Yeimi J. Silva                          Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Leigh D. Smith                       Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Division

Vincent L. Sorrentino             Middlesex County Department of Corrections

Sean M. Vaccaro                     Union County Department of Corrections

Shareedah S. Willis                 Union County Department of Corrections

WAIVERS

Michael V. Aquino                 Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division

Eric J. Geib                             Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division

 

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