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MAY 18th, 2012

Pictured in photo from left to right are: Meranda Spry, Erika Puffer, Terry Lambrecht, Courtney Coffin, Lisa Zaffarano, Leeann Vandusen, Christine Pashley, Kayla Gavette, Donald Simonds and Cambria Tallman (Officers wearing gray uniforms are from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.)

On May 2, 2112, the Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy for Corrections Officers held a ceremony to recognize the graduates of the 2012 Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy, which was held between February 3 - April 13, 2012.

In an effort to lower training costs, in 2007, the Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy was re-certified as an active training site and, since that date, has conducted its training locally in the Public Safety Building located at 280 Phoebe Lane, Delhi, New York. Candidates from neighboring Sheriffs’ Offices are also welcomed into the Academy.  This practice helps defray our operating costs. Several of our officers have pursued the training necessary to qualify themselves as trainers at our academy.

Often I am asked to describe the hiring process, qualifications and training necessary to become a correction officer. The first step involves filling out a Delaware County Job Application, which may be found on line. A Civil Service test is administered to applicants, and those scoring well may be invited to join our staff. From that point they are given one year in which to successfully complete the academy training and pass their New York State-issued examinations. Academy graduates are integrated into our jail operations, often on a part-time basis until a full-time position becomes available.

Our recent academy taught courses in a variety of disciplines, which included: Ethics in Law Enforcement, Special Needs Inmates, Personal Awareness, Legal Issues, Essential Services, Security and Supervision, Effective Communication, First Aid and CPR, Suicide Prevention, Stress Management, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Inmate Transportation, Manipulation by Inmates, Court Room Testimony, Incident Prevention Management, Crime Scene Preservation , Written Communication, Hostage Survival, Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Fire Prevention, Defensive Tactics, and the proper use and care of weapons.  State Examinations followed the training process.