Corrections officers complete training

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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has announced the graduation of 23 recruits from the 33rd Basic Course for County Corrections Officers.

The graduation, held at the Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold Township, on Nov. 22, comes after the completion of a 12-week curriculum that prepares recruits for careers as corrections professionals, according to a press release.

“It takes dedication, courage and compassion to have a career in law enforcement,” 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.”

Of the 23 recruits, eight will serve at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, seven will serve at the Middlesex County Department of Corrections, five will serve at the Ocean County Department of Corrections and three will serve at the Union County Department of Corrections, according to the press release.

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.

The graduates are: Joseph Bartlinski, Jonathan Chando, Carlene Connell, John Covone, Brian Feirstein, Justin Gold, Michael Goldberg, Romus Habyk, Christopher Haines, Michael Hogan, Christopher Leonardis, Rene Marte, Kevin Martin, Pablo Martinez, James O’Malley, Peter Piccininni, Christian Posso, Jonathan Robertson, Islam Saad, Paul Sneddon, Jonathan Suarez, Harrison Tejada and William Tevlin.

The presentation of awards went to John Covone, Ocean County Department of Corrections, for marksmanship; Paul Sneddon, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, for academics; Jonathan Robertson, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, for physical training; and Jonathan Chando, Middlesex County Department of Corrections, for merit.

To date, 619 corrections officers have completed the Basic Course for County Corrections at the Monmouth County Police Academy, according to the press release.