Eighteen Recruits Graduate From Hancock's CORE Custody Academy

The ceremony was held at the college's Public Safety Training Complex

CORE Custody Academy #07NOVEMBER 22, 2019--Eighteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s CORE Custody Academy on Nov. 22 during a ceremony held at the college’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

The graduates of CORE Academy Class #07 completed a comprehensive California Standards and Training for Corrections course consisting of 220 hours of instruction. The six-week academy is designed to prepare students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to work as correctional officers. That instruction including training in emergency planning, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, contraband, arrest and control, physical fitness training, CPR/First Aid and emergency vehicle operations.

“These recruits had to work very hard to get to this moment, and they deserve every bit of the recognition they are receiving today,” said Hancock Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Curry, Ph.D.

After graduating, 16 of the CORE Academy graduates will go on to work as custody deputies for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. One recruit is independent and another recruit will work for the Lompoc Police Department. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown delivered the graduation’s keynote address.

“You are not really at the end of anything today, you are at the beginning of one of the most demanding jobs out there,” said Brown. “Be proud of your new position and recognize the value that you will bring to your agency, your profession and your community as peace officers.”

Brown also praised academy graduate Cole Knapp, who was present at the 2018 Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks. Brown said Knapp helped guide others in the building to safety and alerted a nearby CHP officer about the ongoing shooting once he had escaped. 

“You were brave that evening. You exemplified the guiding principles of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office,” said Brown.

Several of the graduates also received awards and recognition for their achievements in the academy. Kristen Mahurin was selected as the valedictorian for CORE Academy Class #07. Mahurin thanked her fellow graduates and praised the group for helping each other through the challenges of the rigorous academy training.

“The group that is sitting behind me is a strong group of men and women who are the next generation of law enforcement,” said Mahurin. “I want to do right by the Academy Class #07.”

The CORE Academy Class #07 graduates are: Victor Anaya; Jason Black; Jonathan Boone; Jorge Delgadillo; Alicia Duran; Austin Eckardt; Joshua Fonzi; Mason Henslin; Jimmy Jimenez; Cole Knapp; Kristen Mahurin; Paul Manoogian; Oscar Marentes; Matthew McFadden; Julian Muniz; Jose Robledo III; Ulysses Salazar; Mayra Zuniga. 

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Photo Caption: Eighteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s CORE Custody Academy on Nov. 22 during a ceremony held at the college’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

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Last Modified Nov 22, 2019