17 graduate from Basic Corrections Academy

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WHITESBORO — A total of 17 men and women graduated on Friday from the Basic Corrections Academy to become new corrections officers in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Oswego counties. An additional eight officers graduated from the enhanced Emergency Response Team training for the Oneida County jail.

The Basic Corrections Academy consists of seven weeks of classroom learning, practical exercises, physical fitness training and military drill, officials said. The academy is a requirement for new corrections officers to serve in local county jails.

The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team is a high level unit that responds to all serious situations and incidents inside the Oneida County jail, such as large fights, violent inmates and cell extractions. SERT training consists of two weeks of intense and rigorous training for senior level officers, authorities said.

Oneida County corrections graduates: Abdiel Castillo-Imbert, Stephany Downs, Joshua Drake, Thomas Howard, Joshua Jacobson, Tanner Nodine, Ryan Pfendler and Colby Spaven.

SERT graduates: Sgt. Quintino Liberta, Sgt. James Paternoster, Officer Ronald Gatto, Officer Scott Holbert, Officer Ashlee Hughes, Officer Elmedin Imamovic, Officer Anthony Papa and Officer Michael Spielmann.

Herkimer County corrections graduates: Stephen Dygert, Dakota Kent, Brandon Lane and Andrew Sheppard.

Madison County corrections graduates: Kameron Brown, Christopher Griffin and Christopher Prine.

Oswego County corrections graduates: Christian Sweeting and Melissa Woodward.

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