Decatur, GA –  The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) hosted a graduation ceremony for 39 newly-trained Juvenile Correctional Officer (JCO) cadets on Friday, October 22nd, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga. The cadets have now joined the ranks of other JCOs at state-run secure facilities throughout Georgia.

“Our JCOs ensure a safe and secure environment for the rehabilitation of justice-involved youth,” said DJJ Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. “Their duties require maturity, reliability and self-discipline. I am grateful for the commitment of these officers to DJJ and the youth we serve.”

At the ceremony, class comments were given by Officer Jamison Barrett of the Claxton RYDC and the invocation by Officer Campion Collins of the Loftiss RYDC. Honor graduates included Robert Holliday and Xandria Jones of the Augusta YDC, Takia Peebles of the DeKalb RYDC, Tyson Prince of the Metro RYDC, and Megan Wilson of the Gainesville RYDC.

Basic Juvenile Correctional Officer Training (BJCOT) is a 240-hour comprehensive program that provides basic skills training in security practices and procedures. A cadet must meet established standards on written examinations that evaluate cognitive knowledge and performance-oriented studies to complete the program.

The graduates have been assigned to 16 different secure facilities located in Evans, DeKalb, Baldwin, Bibb, Lamar, Hall, Muscogee, Thomas, Crisp, Chatham, Wilkes, Richmond, Clayton, Fulton, Cobb, and Terrell counties. The members of BJCOT Class #248 and their hometown include:

  • Jamison Barrett (Hinesville)
  • Chasity Bennett (Stockbridge)
  • Leconar Brown, Hope Williams (Milledgeville)
  • Tatyana Browner (Macon)
  • Benjamin Clark (Eastman)
  • Zoquiesha Clark (Gainesville)
  • Kendrick Coleman, Tanaji Mays, Shalonda Spearman, Braxton Williams (Columbus)
  • Campion Collins (Tallahassee)
  • Latesha Eady (Cordele)
  • Demecia Evans (Warner Robins)
  • Dezara Flanagan (Atlanta)
  • Jasonie Guice (Phoenix City, Alabama)
  • Molly Hamilton (Savannah)
  • Tyler Hatcher (Wrens)
  • Robert Holliday, Tomorrow Holmes, Xandria Jones, LaDarius Lambert, Danielle Mumford (Augusta)
  • Carl Lane, Tyson Prince, D’Lan Smith (Marietta)
  • Coulette Hughes, Kierra Stafford, Lisa Washington (Jonesboro)
  • Raveen McCants (Tifton)
  • Joycelyn Parham (Decatur)
  • Latoya Patterson (Dawson)
  • Takia Peebles (Covington)
  • Ta’kalia Rhinehart (Preston)
  • Victoria Swinton (Cochran)
  • Kiara Taitt (Covington)
  • Vickia White (Grovetown)
  • Megan Wilson (Snellville)

To learn more about career opportunities with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, contact the Office of Human Resources at 404-294-3431 or email [email protected] .

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Communications Glenn Allen