LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 50 recruits at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department are now correctional officers following the department’s graduation Friday.
The class motto for the 56 recruits from all over western Massachusetts states:
That quote definitely holds true as these officers are entering the workforce during fight against a pandemic and a fight for social justice. All graduates wore masks and family members were able to live stream the ceremony on Facebook and watch from their vehicles.
Sergeant Joseph Celetti told 22News all recruits had to wear masks and having a sanitation process before during and after their training among many other changes.
The academy even had to shut down at one point during the peak of the pandemic.
“I give them tremendous credit and respect and I couldn’t ask anymore of this class for what they have done sacrificing their time and adjusting their lifestyles to be able to come to the academy to perform the duties they exceptionally did while they were there with us,” said Celetti.
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi told 22News this class epitomizes the fact that residents of our community can still trust law enforcement.
“Men and women are still coming to us to work in this environment and profession that want to do good. They want to provide a level of trust and that’s one thing I’ve been proud about with the Sheriff’s office.”Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi
“Us coming in, have a better perception of everything and we can prove that there are great law enforcement officers,” said Class President Bethany Tomlinson.