The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections swore in 23 new officers after their July 19 graduation at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, said Yolanda Evans, spokeswoman for the department.
Twenty-six individuals completed the 16-week program involving an academic and physical test that all officers must pass, Evans said. Three of the program’s participants only completed the academic part because they will not be supervising inmates, Evans said.
“The diversity of our graduates is really beneficial because it helps us communicate better with our inmates,” Evans said. “The county is extremely diverse, and we want our staff to reflect that. It helps us communicate effectively.”
New graduates are placed on shift at one of the county’s correctional facilities immediately under a senior officer’s supervision, who provides nine weeks of additional training, Evans said.
The county department had 453 officers before adding the new graduates to its staff, Evans said.