Fourteen Recruits Graduate from Hancock's Custody Academy

Many recruits will serve as custody deputies for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

2019 CORE Academy GraduatesJUNE 14, 2019 -- Fourteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s CORE Custody Academy on Friday, June 14 during a ceremony held at the college’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

All 14 graduates of CORE Academy Class #06 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. Some of the instruction included emergency planning in a custody facility, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, contraband, arrest and control, physical fitness training, CPR/First Aid and emergency vehicle operations.

“We are honored to recognize their achievements,” said Hancock Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Curry, Ph.D. “Given the rigor and the challenges these recruits faced over the last nine weeks, they’ve earned every bit of the recognition they will receive today.”

This year, 13 of the CORE Academy graduates will go on to work as custody deputies for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bill Brown delivered the graduation’s keynote address. Brown told the graduates that they were entering a demanding and challenging profession and encouraged them to rely on the skills they learned as recruits.

“The training you have received is as good as it gets, and that training has prepared you for the road ahead,” said Brown. “You will need healthy doses of compassion, patience, and courage.”

Brown also told the graduates that they should follow the example of Hancock’s founder, Capt. G. Allan Hancock and give back to their community.

“I encourage you to follow his example,” said Brown, “Not just with your colleagues and your community, but also with the inmates that you are going to be responsible for.”

Several of the graduates received awards and recognition for their achievements in the academy. Jessica Standefer was selected as the valedictorian for CORE Academy Class #06. Standefer spoke about the deep bond forged between the recruits as they made their way through the academy. 

“If there came a moment when I’d have to put my life on the line for the other members of this academy, I would do so without hesitation because I know that they would do the same for me,” said Standefer, who will serve alongside most of her fellow graduates as a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office custody deputy.

This year’s CORE Academy graduates include: Jose Alejo, Dylan Darga, Nancy Garibay, Pedro Giron-Hernandez, Valerie Guzman, Ryan Hawkins, Hugo Hernandez, Tyler McKenna-Gofigan, Andrew Naten, Miguel Ortiz, Mario Rivera-Contreras, Miguel Rodriguez, Jessica Standefer and Gage Vargas.

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Caption: Fourteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s CORE Custody Academy on Friday, June 14.

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Last Modified Jun 14, 2019