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Final Basic Corrections Recruit Training Graduation Ceremony

December 8, 2023
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HONOLULU — The Department of Public Safety (PSD) today welcomed a new class of adult correctional officers at a graduation ceremony held at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Twenty-one recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Recruit Course (BCRC) 23-03 training and will begin their careers as Adult Correctional Officers in facilities across the state.

The BCRC is an 11-week academy training course that includes approximately 400 hours of classroom instruction and physical training. Recruits learn a variety of subjects that include standards of conduct, ethics and professionalism, report writing, interpersonal communications, maintaining security, crisis intervention, security threat groups (gangs), mental health, first aid, use of firearms, and self-defense tactics and more.

This was the final BCRC graduating class under the Department of Public Safety. The department will soon split into two departments — Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Law Enforcement — effective. Jan. 1, 2024.

Public Safety Director Tommy Johnson said, “While I am saddened that this BCRC class will be the last class of the Department of Public Safety, I am excited and looking forward to continuing and improving training as we transition to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This redesignation represents a fundamental and long overdue paradigm shift in our correctional system to one that is more focused on successful outcomes and reintegration back into the community.”

All incoming classes receive Recruit Field Training along with Basic Corrections Training. During the final weeks of training, they go into the facility and begin their job with guidance from their training sergeants.

The 21 graduates have been assigned to the following jail and prison facilities:

Halawa Correctional Facility — 2

Kulani Correctional Facility — 2

Waiawa Correctional Facility — 1

Hawaii Community Correctional Center —1

Kauai Community Correctional Center —1 

Maui Community Correctional Center — 2

Oahu Community Correctional Center — 6

Women’s Community Correctional Center — 6

Photos to be sent in a subsequent news release. 

Media Contact: 

Rosemarie Bernardo 

Public Information Officer

Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety & 

Hawai‘i Department of Law Enforcement

Office: 808-587-1358

Cell: 808-683-5507

[email protected]