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12 women graduate from ADOC Training Academy

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Department of Corrections' newest officers graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center at Wallace College in Selma Thursday.

Twelve the graduates were women. More than half will work at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Elmore County.

Commissioner Kim Thomas says women have been difficult to recruit in the past because they don't traditionally see themselves in the role of law enforcement, and specifically don't see the need for them in prison operations.

"We need female officers in male facilities, and male officers in female facilities. We need a diverse workforce," Thomas said.

He credits this significant increase to a new recruiting initiative.

This was the first of four classes to graduate from the Department of Corrections Officer Training Academy this year.

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