130th Corrections Academy Graduation
OCTOBER 11, 2019
Family, friends and supporters showed up to witness the graduation of the 130th Corrections Academy at the downtown Jackson County Courthouse on Friday. Representatives from the jail and the Sheriff’s Office were on hand to congratulate the new Corrections officers.
Officials from Jackson County spoke to the graduates and offered encouragement and welcome to the new Jackson County associates. 1st District At-Large Legislator Jalen Anderson addressed the group, telling them that he was inspired by their commitment. “The idea of you taking a step towards doing something difficult. The idea of knowing that this community needs you, is really something that I admire.” He urged the new associates to reach out to County leaders if needed. “We want to be there for you. We want to make sure that you have the tools that keep you safe, and make sure that you can continue what you have signed up to do today.”
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. told the group that in spite of their small size “I think you guys are a part of a strong fraternity of public servants that this community desperately needs…Just remember that you’re a part of a team. I’ve been part of a team all my life…To me, when you develop that attitude where you can listen, where you can take good constructive criticism and make it work for your benefit, that’s the day you start to grow.”
Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté cautioned the new officers to take care of themselves, noting that the corrections field has a high rate of stress which can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Forté encouraged the new associates and their families to support each other, and pledged that Jackson County leaders will support them if they reach out. “Just remember, you’re not by yourself, and you’re here for a reason. You’re a select group. And we want you to stay here, we want you to grow and contribute.”
The graduates received Certificates of Completion and shook the hands of Jackson County’s officials before posing for pictures and enjoying cake with friends and family. Jackson County is proud of the 130th Corrections Academy and grateful for their service today and for years to come.