NEW YORK—After 16 weeks of training, 260 recruit correction officers graduated and will go on to work in the city’s jail system.
The class included 92 women and 168 men. The graduation ceremony was held at York College in Queens.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement said the city’s correction officers “may not be as visible as other uniformed services, but our gratitude for the work they do and the risks they face is just as deep.”
The role of a correction officer includes helping inmates transition back into the community after release, said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.
The graduates join approximately 8,500 uniformed staff and 1,500 civilians who staff 10 jails on Rikers Island and other corrective facilities.