New DJJ Officers Complete Training, Graduation

The Department of Juvenile Justice's new crop of officers are ready for duty. Tuesday, thirteen officers graduated from the agency's four-week training program. They will serve youth at DJJ facilities across the state.

Joseph Kearns (pictured above, far right) was named class leader and will serve at the Broad River Road Complex.

"The training was extensive," explained Kearns. "They taught us to lead with integrity and consistency."

Kearns is a 29-year Army veteran and trading in one uniform for another. He retired from Fort Jackson in November of last year, and immediately started looking for another way to serve.

"I like structure. I think I'm a leader, so I want to become a leader here and turn the juveniles in the right direction," said Kearns.

DJJ's Division of Security Operations trains and graduates a new class of officers each month. If you're interested in a career at the Department of Juvenile Justice, visit the state jobs website here.

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