For the first time since 2008, the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Thursday graduated a class of 53 correction officers from its basic training academy, including two officers from Malden.
Malden's Cory D'Entremont and Michael Gilardiwere were among the class of graduates, the first graduated in four years. Consecutive years of budget cuts had forced the academy closed.
"Corrections officers should be recognized in the way fire fighters and police
officers are," said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. "My job is to shed light on the work you do every day."
When Koutoujian was appointed sheriff in 2011 after the suicide of former sheriff James DiPaola in November 2010, he vowed to reopen the academy for current sheriff's department corrections officers who had not completed the training.
Prior to the class graduation, only one in four corrections officers were academy-trained. This class brings the figure to 50-50, according to a statement by Koutoujian's office.