a graduation ceremony held on March 11, 2013 at the Boston Sheraton
Hotel on Dalton Street, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins swore
in a group of 24 officer candidates to service.
Speaking before a crowded ballroom that included Department training
staff and members of his Executive Team, Sheriff Tompkins addressed the
many family members and friends in attendance for the graduates of
Correction Officer Training Academy Class 12-02 (COTA 12-02).
"I cannot emphasize enough how much your support has contributed to the
achievement of these officers," said Sheriff Tompkins. "I would like to
applaud you for seeing them through this rigorous process. It means a
lot to us and it's meant a lot to them."
Rigorous Training Academy
To serve as an officer in the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department,
candidates must successfully complete a twelve-week training academy
that requires intensive instruction in a host of practical and
classroom subjects that include: 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.
a host of issues that he will seek to address as the new Sheriff of
Suffolk County, providing the services necessary for the successful
reentry of ex-offenders ranks as one of the more immediate points of
focus for Sheriff Tompkins.
primary responsibility for correction officers is the care and custody
of inmates and detainees within our facilities while exuding the
highest levels of respect, courtesy and professionalism," Sheriff
Tompkins stated. "Over the years, the role of the correction officer
has expanded, and our mission is also to ensure that the people in our
custody leave to return to their communities better than they were when
they were sentenced."
Class President Joshua Spitalen
Before administration of the Correction Officer's Oath and the
ceremonial pinning of badges to end the night, COTA Class 12-02
President Joshua Spitaleri took to the podium to speak to the assembly.
would like to thank Sheriff Tompkins for this opportunity and also the
training staff for preparing us for this moment," said Officer
Spitaleri. "We should be proud of ourselves and of this accomplishment.
We were individuals who came together as a team, and now that team has
become family. Congratulations, COTA Class 12-02 -- I know that we're
prepared for the next step."
custom for each graduating class of officers, a chosen few are singled
out with special recognition for carrying their efforts above and
beyond the call of duty during their time in the Academy.
Award Recipients for COTA Class 12-02
Award recipients for COTA Class 12-02 were: James McNamara, who won the
Academic Excellence award with a Grade Point Average of 98.52; Marlon
Juba, who was presented with the award for Physical Training; taking
the award for Defensive Tactical Training was James Grant; winning the
award for Top Gun was Scott Drinkwater; receiving the Unit Citation
award was Joshua Spitaleri; and taking home the Drill Instructor's
award was Thanh Tran.
Members of COTA Class 12-02 also included Donnell Bailey, Jasmany
Beato, Christopher Bonadies, Jamaal Brooks, Michael Clark, Stephen
Cournoyer, Marci Ferry, Courtney Hall, John Hughes, Edward Johnson,
Christopher Kelley, Renaldy Marcelin, Leanne Martel, Jeremy McCurdy,
Christopher McDonough, Robert Morales, Joseph Simonson and Ryan Walsh.
All 24 new officers are now working at the Suffolk County House of Correction.