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June 22, 2013

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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins visits the newest class of correction officer trainees seeking to join the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently visited the Department’s Correction Officer Training Academy in Chelsea to meet the newest class of correction officer candidates aspiring to join the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

The Correction Officer Training Academy (COTA) conducts a 12–week training course for each incoming class of officer candidates vying to serve in the Department. Instruction is given to officer candidates through a variety of custody–specific topics. In all, there are approximately 40 core subjects in the curriculum. These topics include: the use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling, suicide prevention, courtroom testimony, ethics and professionalism, inmate education, CORI and inmate rights and responsibilities, fire safety, evacuation plans, and general professional subjects which include clear and concise report writing, sexual harassment, general conduct, CPR, and interpersonal communications.

The academy is headed by Assistant Deputy Superintendent Jose Mojica, who has worked for the training academy for more than eighteen years and has experienced firsthand the reward that comes with being an officer of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

“This class is better equipped to deal with situations than I was when I first started 18 years ago,” said ADS Mojica. “Because of that, we have high expectations of the new officers. This includes serving as role–models not only to those in custody, but to their fellow workers, their families, the citizens of Suffolk County and the State of Massachusetts.”

In discussing his role at the Training Division, Mojica explained why he has remained with the division for almost two decades.

“The part I love most about my job is teaching the candidates new skills,” Mojica said. “When they leave training they’ve gained new knowledge that they didn’t have before.”

While the 45 officer trainees were in class learning about the intricacies of caring for inmates and detainees with mental health issues, Sheriff Tompkins arrived and spoke with each officer before addressing the group as a whole.

“You know, we all basically come here to do a good job,” Sheriff Tompkins began. “What I told you when I met with you earlier is that I’m looking for quality ambassadors for this Department, both internally and externally. These are my expectations for you and the expectations that I hope that you have for yourselves.”

Sheriff Tompkins spoke poignantly to the officer candidates regarding their role in the Sheriff’s Department and about how critical they are to the wellbeing of inmates and detainees.

“I think corrections is the most important component in the law enforcement contingent,” Sheriff Tompkins said. “While inmates and detainees are with us, we need to do a couple of things: first and foremost, safeguard the personnel in our Department; second, keep these guys and ladies from harming each other and work with them to see if they can better their situation in life.  This isn’t only for them – but most of them have kids and are moms, dads, sisters and brothers.”

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is currently seeking dedicated men and women of all backgrounds who are interested in a rewarding career in law enforcement and who embody the high standards of professionalism, commitment and conduct established by Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins.

To learn more about how to join the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department as an officer, visit: for the Training Division or visit: for job inquiries.


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