FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT GRADUATES 26 NEW OFFICERS
Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral welcomed twenty–six new officers into the world of corrections during a graduation ceremony held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Delivering the Correction Officer’s Oath to the recruits of Correction Officer Training Academy (COTA) Class 11–02, Sheriff Cabral spoke about the significance of the achievement by the graduates and the importance of the work that lies ahead.
“You are about to accomplish something that literally, thousands have not,” said Sheriff Cabral. “Your success here depends on the respect that you have for yourself and the respect that you have for others, especially when they least deserve it. Know what your priorities are: your safety, your family, your career and your professional reputation.”
“In my ten years as Sheriff of Suffolk County,” Sheriff Cabral continued, “only eight percent of all applicants have made it through to become officers. As I said, you have made it where literally thousands have not. Congratulations.”
In reaching this moment, the members of COTA Class 11–02 had to complete a twelve–week training academy that required intensive instruction in a host of practical and classroom subjects that included: ethics and professionalism, suicide prevention, use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling, inmate education and programming, contraband control, courtroom testimony, CORI and inmate rights and responsibilities, fire safety, CPR, sexual harassment, cross–gender supervision and report writing.
Chosen by the members of COTA Class 11–02, Class President Bryan Nelson delivered a speech that included gratitude toward the members of the Department and a glimpse into the life of a trainee.
“On behalf of COTA Class 11–02, I want to thank Sheriff Cabral, Deputy Superintendent Yolanda Smith, and the entire training staff for giving us this opportunity,” said Officer Nelson. “I know that I echo the sentiments of my classmates when I say that when we arrived here, we were all thinking, ‘what have we gotten ourselves into?’ But, we really came together as a unit and we’re proud to be able to represent the Department with the skills, training and wisdom that we’ve received.”
Garnering special recognition for their excellence during the training academy were: Matthew Zahoruiko, who received the Academic Excellence Award with a grade point average of 98.83; Robert Kimber, who won the Top Gun Award for marksmanship; Jonathan Corey and Quandell Ballard who tied for the Physical Training Award; Joseph Tarara who won the Academy Unit Citation Award for leadership; and William Glynn, who won the Drill Instructor’s Award for showing esprit de corps.
The members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department COTA Class 11–02 are: Quandell Ballard, Dorchester, MA; Scott Chandler, Lynn, MA; John Connolly, Boston, MA; Jonathan Corey, Brighton, MA; Timothy Croke, Lynnfield, MA; Albert DePierro, Winthrop, MA; William Flynn, Stoughton, MA; William Glynn, Pembroke, MA; Jorge Herrera, Revere, MA; Leylana Higgins–Borders, Stoughton, MA; Thomas Hollow, Bradford, MA; Robert Kimber, Dracut, MA; Tony Lee, Boston, MA; Alexis Leite, Mattapan, MA; Bryan Nelson, Groveland, MA; DaShawn Oliver, Roxbury, MA; Benjamin Petropoulos, Littleton, MA; Katherine Pickowicz, Gilmanton, NH; Richard Regan, Brookline, MA; Robert Rodrigues, Mansfield, MA; Corey Sheehan, Lynn, MA; Aiyana Spencer, Mattapan, MA; Matthew Surette, Wakefield, MA; Joseph Tarara, Norwood, MA; and Matthew Zahorukio, North Andover, MA.
Officer David Rosati, who trained with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, will serve as a correction officer at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Peter Koutoujuan.