(Decatur, GA) – The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) held a graduation ceremony for 39 newly-trained Juvenile Correctional Officer (JCO) cadets on Friday, February 9, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA. The cadets have joined the ranks of other JCOs at DJJ secure facilities across the state.

"Our Juvenile Correctional Officers help ensure a safe and secure environment for rehabilitating justice-involved youth," said DJJ Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb. “I am grateful for the commitment of these officers to DJJ and the young lives in our care."

Basic Juvenile Correctional Officer Training (BJCOT) is a 200-hour comprehensive program that provides basic skills training in security practices and procedures. To complete the program, a cadet must meet established standards on written examinations that evaluate cognitive knowledge and performance-oriented studies.

The graduates have been assigned to 15 DJJ secure facilities in Baldwin, Clayton, Crisp, Evans, DeKalb, Fulton, Laurens, Muscogee, Richmond, Rockdale, Terrell, Ware, Whitfileld and Wilkes counties.


Here is a list of BJCOT Class #265 graduates and their hometowns:

Graduate Name


  1. Nabria Allen

Trenton, N.J.

  1. Alfonso R. Allen, Jr.

Acworth, Ga.

  1. Terrell D. Bennett

Jacksonville, Fla.

  1. Justin Bly


  1. Cheyenne Bogle

Snellville Ga.

  1. William Bradley

Augusta Ga.

  1. Amber E. Brown

Douglasville Ga.

  1. Garbriel Bryant

Buena Vista, Ga

  1. Jessica Capman

Dublin, Ga.

  1. Quinton Carrington

Augusta Ga

  1. Shanna Devaughn

Brooklyn N.Y.

  1. Taryn G. Dowell

Atlanta Ga.

  1. Ramon V. Fisher

Hazlehurst, Ga.

  1. Arthenia N. Foster

Muscogee Ga.

  1. Alisa L. Green

Waynesboro, Ga

  1. Alcenda Gumbs

Augusta, Ga.

  1. Shanya Herrington

Augusta Ga.

  1. Samantha M. Hiers

Clayton, Ga

  1. Ashley Hooks

Hawkinsville, Ga

  1. DaQuan, J. Jones

Twin City, Ga.

  1. Julia Jones

Columbus, Ga.

  1. Patrick Jones

Swansboro, Ga.

  1. Seron Jones

Columbus, Ga,

  1. Brittany S. Martin

Lafayette, Ga.

  1. Nicoisha Martin

Decatur, Ga.

  1. Christopher Myrick

Saint Petersburg, Fla.

  1. Xariah I. Office 

Ashburn, Ga.

  1. Damatrexis Owens

Cordele, Ga.

  1. D'Erica M. Parker

Cordele, Ga.

  1. Kylee F. Raymond

Statesboro, Ga.

  1. Leland V. Sturgill

Chatsworth, Ga.

  1. Jalexis Taylor          

Sandersville, Ga

  1. Ricky Taylor

Sandersville, Ga.

  1. Ronnie Tolbert, Jr.

Warrenton, Ga.

  1. Ollie Travis

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Tyishiera Walden

Sandersville, Ga.

  1. Frakila Wallace

Fort Gaines, Ga.

  1. Jessica Welch

Eatonton, Ga.

  1. Latonje D. Williams

Dublin, Ga.


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The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is a multi-faceted agency that serves the state's justice-involved youth up to 21 years of age. The Department's mission is to transform young lives by providing evidence-based rehabilitative treatment services and supervision, strengthening youth and families' well-being, and fostering safe communities. Visit us online at www.djj.georgia.gov. 


Communications Glenn Allen