Hays County graduates new class of corrections officers

(Above) Left to right, front row first, are: Sheriff Gary Cutler, Captain Julie Villalpando, William Kelly, Allyson Watts, Anna Liska, Ashlee Watts, Chief Deputy Mike Davenport, Instructor Edward Martell. Back row: David Velasco, Danny Castro, Cody Halvorson, Larry Fults, John Wray, Santiago Alfaro, Mark Williams and Joseph Wilburn.

On Monday, Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler presented certificates to the newest graduating class of the Hays County Basic Corrections Officer Academy, BCAT Class 15. Ten Hays County corrections officers and two Caldwell County corrections officers successfully completed the program.

The program consisted of more than 120 hours of intense training designed to meet or exceed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Cadets learned basic concepts such as history, ethics and liability, jail procedures including booking, records and searches; and safety to include use of force, defense tactics, headcounts and facility security.

Cutler congratulated the graduates as they began their new career in the corrections field of law enforcement.

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