Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis has announced the graduation of Basic Recruit Training Academy #52. The most recent academy class, comprised of eleven new correctional officers, includes four members who are military or still-serving reservists in the United States Army and National Guard. Among the graduating class of new correctional officers is Officer Patrick Germain of Auburn who was also selected as Class President of BRTA #52 by his peers.
During his tenure, Evangelidis has made significant changes to the hiring standards in order to professionalize the department. All correctional officer applicants must have, at a minimum, an associate’s degree or at least two years of military service. They must also take and pass a written exam, physical fitness test, background check and psychological screening test. United States military applicants are given priority status in the hiring process.
“Corrections is a serious business, our primary responsibility is public safety and to serve and protect the citizens of Worcester County. Our newly sworn-in officers have met the highest hiring standards in corrections today and have completed the finest training academy in Massachusetts.” Said Evangelidis.
During the formal graduation ceremony, among the traditions that were observed was as a badge-pinning where the new officers were “pinned” into their new profession by a family member.
“I am proud to welcome our latest graduating class of eleven new correctional officers who have met the challenges presented to them during their rigorous twelve-week Academy. They will surely make us a better department.” Said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.