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Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane and Warden Elwood Dehaven presided over the 18th graduating class ceremony of Entrance Level Correctional Officers.

The ceremony, held, Nov. 12, honored four graduates: Kevin Kegley, Sarah S. Phillips, James A. Schultz Jr., Andrew M. Van Helten. Sarah S. Phillips was named class valedictorian. Kevin Kegley was selected by his peers to place the ceremonial class flag onto the “guide on,” an honor bestowed on him by his fellow classmates.

Lt. Carl Brooks, director of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, welcomed more 100 relatives, friends and dignitaries to the event held at Harford County Circuit Court. The National Anthem was sung by Kenneth Tipton. The Posting and Retiring of Colors was performed by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard. Guest speaker for the evening was Sheriff Bane.

Each graduate completed 10 weeks of intensive training sanctioned by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. Recruits received specialized training in more than 200 course objectives including first aid, CPR, defensive tactics, fire safety, report writing and physical fitness. In addition to the training received, graduates will also receive eight credits towards an associate degree in criminal justice. For further information regarding a career as a correctional officer with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, contact 410-836-6600 or visit the Web site at

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